“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
Our 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.