What you are about to read is something that really happened and it happened to me.
Several days ago, I made a comment on “twitter” about someone who is a nationally known celebrity (I guess that is the best way to describe them…they are very well-known for the product they sell on television infomercials).
I really didn’t think much about the comment I made (which is where the problem lies).
It had been my observation and thus my opinion that this person seems to have an appearance that just looks to perfect, so when I saw them on the televison screen again, I thought I would just make my thoughts known via “twitter” and I said, “Is it me or does ____________ look weird?”
Well this is where it gets crazy.
The person I said this about replied to the comment that I had made.
Apparently they had searched their name and came across the comment I made and they were not happy. I can’t say that I blame them.
It was a stupid, reckless, insensitive way for me to get attention and the lesson I’ve learned is to be really careful when making what seem to be innocent comments…..because words can sting. The other person doesn’t always understand what is behind the words you use or the context in which you may be using them.
Interestingly enough, I’ve been leading our church through the “31 Day Challenge” and yesterday we were in Proverbs 18. Listen to what it say’s:
“Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit-you choose.” Proverbs 18:21 (The Message)
Today I am again reminded of the power of words. Today I am not only reminded of the power of words, I am reminded that the way they are used is my choice.
Today I am reminded that I am not too big or too good to recognize when I am wrong…..It’s like “Baby’s” dad said in “Dirty Dancing” – “When I’m wrong, I say I’m wrong”, and “I was wrong!”
My apologies to you again John Basedow.
By your simple reply to my “tweet”, you have caused me a “pastor” to be reminded of the importance of not only who I represent, but the words I choose to use.