“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur children’s friends loved to frequent our home just as much as we loved having them over. As a result, there were plenty of learning opportunities that came up from all the time we spent together. One such opportunity dealt with the integrity of our words.

One day, I noticed the conversations of our children and their friends becoming all too often negative. I would counteract by sharing something positive, but the conversations would shortly veer off track again.

I began praying about the situation, asking the Lord for a fun and effective way to turn the problem around. It wasn’t long before He gave me the perfect idea.

I placed a glass jar in the room where we usually gathered. I told our children and each of their friends that anyone caught complaining or gossiping in our home had to pay a fine of 25 cents.

This simple “game” not only made them keenly aware of their speech, but they also quickly learned that their unconstructive words were costing them. The negative speaking eventually stopped and all the money was donated as a charitable gift.

PRAYER: Lord, help us to pause, ponder, and pray before opening our mouths to speak. May every word we speak be a blessing to others and being glory to you. Amen.


4 thoughts on “THE MONEY JAR

  1. What a coincidence, correct that, what a God-incidence; The power of the tongue was the subject of last Sunday’s sermon! It is the only ultimate weapon mankind has! Look at Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” And of course in chapter 3 in the letter of James the Lord’s brother tells us how the tongue can be used for both blessing and cursing. What power the Lord has given His children! Are any of us using that power the way it was intended?


    • I suffered from very harsh and constant verbal abuse growing up. I then abused others in the very same manner. God finally got my attention and did a work in my heart and with my tongue. James 3:8 says that “no human being can tame the tongue,” but I’m living proof that with God’s help I can make a conscious choice to use it to bless rather than curse. Genuinely blessing others has also brought healing into my own life.


  2. This was a very good and needed devotion. Lydia, your devotions are always an encouragement and just what I need to hear. Thank you for being sensitive to the Lord. Have a blessed day!!


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