How about I let you read along as I write a devotion for myself this morning? If anyone suffers from what we call “Foot in mouth disease”, it’s me. I try to forget all the times I’ve stuck my foot in my mouth with dumb words, because remembering those times would be depressing. It seems like no matter how hard I try, when I open my mouth the words invite my foot to move. I know none of you ever suffer from this disease, however you’ve probably got friends who do. By the way – since I suffer from this disease most often on Sunday mornings, let me apologize now for past episodes. I really like 1 John 1:9 – at least God forgives and forgets.

For many people this “foot in mouth disease” can express itself not so much in dumb things we say but by that nasty little word “gossip”. You see many of us love to share gossip disguised as “prayer requests”. We share things about others, or speculations about others, and begin by asking someone to pray for a person. I remember in former churches hearing someone say something like “Who needs a bulletin – all you have to do is tell ….”.

The Bible gives me some great advice that I need to incorporate into my heart and mind. The Psalmist said, “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3. I am grateful that God encourages me to take action before I open our mouth and insert my foot by praying and asking Him to give me the wisdom, discernment and strength to avoid this disease. I am grateful that God has not given up on me and continues to encourage me to keep growing in this area of my life.

I pray that this little insight into my life will help you avoid this disease as well.

I pray that God will give you the wisdom and discernment to set a guard over your mouth and you’ll never experience the taste of shoe leather. I can tell you it’s not tasty at all.

We rejoice that our prayers for Pastor Rick worked yesterday! He was able to go home late yesterday afternoon and is doing better.

Please remember in prayer two families who are grieving over the home-going of a family member. Remember the Maddox family as we celebrated Monty’s life and said goodbye to him on Thursday. Also remember the Hunter family as Helen went home to be with the Lord over the weekend. Her visitation will be Tuesday 6 – 8 p.m. Whitten Timberlake and the service Wednesday 2:00 p.m. at Timberlake Baptist Church.

Be blessed,

Pastor Carl