Loose Lips Sink Ships …

“I am getting the picture that when you meet together it brings out your worst side instead of your best!” 1 Corinthians 11:17

loose lipsToday’s message is from my book, The Donut Theory, Meditations and Inspiration for the Church Office.

Loose Lips Sink Ships”

Post a guard at my mouth, God, set a watch at the door of my lips.
Psalm 141:3

“Loose lips sink ships” is my brother Gary’s favorite saying when he hears someone gossiping or repeating sensitive information. It’s easy to get caught up in conversation that leads toward the direction of becoming gossip, or is in the category of “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”

When the only thing two people have in common is that they work together in an office, it’s easy to get caught up in conversation about people and events of the church.

Recently I had lunch with a co-worker. After returning to my desk, I thought about the conversation we’d had about a member of the church and began to feel as if I had betrayed my lips. We didn’t talk about anything that wasn’t common knowledge, but it just didn’t feel right with my soul.

To keep from having another episode of loose-lip syndrome during lunch with a co-worker, I developed a menu of appropriate behavior:

1. Appetizer: Light conversation about the weather, the atmosphere of the restaurant, the prompt service;
2. Entrée: Topics that could be published on the front page of the church newsletter;
3. Dessert: Sweet stories of blessings in our lives;
4. Bill: Pay it forward—What I’ve learned that can make a difference in my own life that I can share with others; and
5. Tip: A quote from my mother: Mind my Ps and Qs, which I’ve interpreted as: practice prudence, positivity, playfulness, peaceful sharing, and quit talking so much and listen more.

Lord, when I’m vulnerable, post a guard on my lips. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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