Overflow


“Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.”  Luke 6:45

 

There’s a flow about our lives.  Most of the time we don’t even realize the circuit that courses in and out of us.  Until the overflow. 

When I was a senior in high school, there was a group of four or five sophomore boys who liked hanging around me.  They probably all had a secret crush, but figured I’d never actually date any of them, so they settled for adopting me as their big sister.  I liked hanging around them because they gave me a break from the inevitable high school drama surrounding girls’ friendships.  Plus, they were fun.  But they had a problem with their mouths so I took it upon myself to clean up their salty language, as any big sister would.  Every time an offensive expression was heard, I responded with “Watch your mouth.”  I was certain my influence would have a lasting effect on those punks and that I was doing the world and God a favor.  It didn’t help much.  But I did get a cool t-shirt for a graduation present from my little gang of guys.  Printed on the front of the shirt were the words “Watch your mouth.”

What I didn’t understand then, and regularly need to be reminded now, is that when the mouth has a problem it’s not really a mouth problem.  It’s a heart problem.  I should have paid more attention to the condition of the hearts of those silly sophomore boys.  In an effort to teach his own boy, Solomon said, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”  Proverbs 4:23  In other words, what’s in my heart is going to come leaking out of my mouth.

There’s a flow about our lives.  It begins with what we see and hear, travels to our thoughts, turns into desires and sets awhile in our hearts.  Then one day, the cup runneth over.  Good or bad, our words reveal the state of our hearts. 

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.  Psalm 19:14

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