And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. (Matthew 12:36)
Relate: I love to talk. I know, I know, that might come as a surprise to some of you but… well, actually it probably won’t. Sometimes I get talking, and I keep talking, and I keep talking. It can even get to the point where even I have no idea what I’m even saying. As I’m talking along I’ll start to listen to myself. Sometimes I’ll even surprise myself and I’ll be like, “whoa, where on earth did that come from?” Sometimes I’ll listen to other people as they start to ramble on and I’ll think to myself, “Is that what I sound like? Does everybody tune me out like I’ve tuned this guy out? Will he ever shut up?”
Be honest. You know you’ve thought the same things. Please tell me that I am not the only one to ramble. Jesus says here that we will have to give an account and be judged for every idle word that comes out of our mouth. The scary part of that is that heaven is for eternity. We’ll all end up stuck there for millennia at the judgment having to listen to everything everybody throughout history has rambled on and on about. At first I thought that might be amusing but most likely we’ll all be bored out of our minds. Or perhaps maybe not. Perhaps all that rambling will be the the soundtrack that will be playing in hell. I can only imagine. (Yes, that MercyMe reference was intentional)
React: Thomas Merton was a well educated and well traveled man. Born in France, he’d lived in England, Rome, and America and had graduated from Cambridge and Columbia. He was a natural leader. And for the last 24 years of his life he lived under a vow of silence. He wrote: “If our life is poured out in useless words, we will never hear anything, never become anything, and in the end, because we have said everything before we had anything to say, we shall be left speechless at the moment of our greatest decision.”
Is there a filter between my thoughts and my words or am I just wasting my life away, rambling on?
Today, God, help me to shut up and listen…