I love texting. I’m one of those people that can get confused when my phone actually rings. I just don’t like to talk on the phone. People generally want to talk to me for too long. I enjoy people and people seem to enjoy me, but I manage to make things so awkward. I’m just not people gifted, but texting, that is a gift straight from God above.
What can go wrong with texting? One word; autocorrect. I bet autocorrect does what it is supposed to do more times than not, but most people don’t notice when it actually works. My autocorrect interchanges the words paid and laid more often than I care to admit. That’s so embarrassing!
In these instances, I can blame a program on my phone for saying the wrong thing, but what about those times where I say something that can’t be blamed on autocorrect. I have learned to read my final text before it’s sent out…at least most of the time, but how often do I say something to somebody without thinking through the context; without completely understanding the impact that my words have on them? The Bible tells us to watch our tongue because of the power it holds; to be wise and speak with grace.
Proverbs 22:11 New International Version (NIV)
11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace
will have the king for a friend.
I can be a direct person with my speech. I get straight to the point and don’t like to prolong what needs to be said, but do I say it with grace? Maybe this post is only for me, I don’t know. What I do know is that I want people to see me as direct AND gracious. I want my heart to autocorrect in the good and right way when my mouth speaks.
Lord help me to be gracious and speak graciously. Let my heart be humble and my tongue be guarded. Thank you Lord for Your Grace on my life!
You are not alone. I have a strong tongue and I try to be tactful. I also like to get straight to the point and not walk around an issue. Together it is hard to be graceful. Thank you for this message. I will continue to read my final draft before speaking or texting.