This week we’re considering
Five Life-Changing Questions
(5) Is This Who I Want to Be?
I will watch my ways
and keep my tongue from sin.
Blunt fact: you are what you say and do.
Blunt truth: you’re not good if your words and actions are bad.
Measure your stature by asking if what you’re saying and doing exhibit the kind of person you want to be. Do you judge? Gossip? Spew negative thoughts? Is this the person you want to be?
Stop yourself mid-stride when you’re about to say something critical or do something hurtful and ask if this the person you want to be?
“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned, forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Lk 6:37).
“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable . . . think about these things” (Phil 4:8–9).
Freedom of speech
doesn’t authorize freedom to hurt.