• Heidi J. Smith


Driving home from camp and munching on chocolate chip cookies, my kids jabbered about camp. As smelly socks and dirty laundry stunk up our van, we laughed at silly memories, swapped stories, and compared friends' signatures on the back of each shirt.

After starting the laundry and eating supper, the chattering continued. My kids created a group text with new friends and watched camp videos. Cell phones and i-pads dinged while shared photos popped up.

Heavy eyelids eventually forced everyone to bed, while plans of next summer filled each head.

Camp impacted them!

When something impacts us, we talk about it.

If we are concerned, we complain.

If we are angry, we attack.

If we are selfish, we speak about ourselves.

If we are proud, we parade the achievement.

If we are excited, we express the details!

If we are pleased, we praise.

If we are sad, we seek comfort.

"For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." Matthew 12:34b ESV

What we spend our time and energy doing influences us. People, entertainment, and circumstances sway us.

If we choose negative choices, then our speech will stink. As the saying goes, "Garage in. Garage out." But if we choose positive choices, then our speech will be salty, or edifying.

Maybe we can't change our circumstances (sickness, death, or other tragedy), then we must choose to focus on our loving God and not our difficult situation.

Soaking in God's Word keeps our hearts pure and our speech salty.

"I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you."

"With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth. In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will mediate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways." Psalm 119:11,13-15 ESV

How would others describe our words? Do we need to change our words by changing our perspectives, habits, or friends?

Since my kids loved camp, they talked about it and will for a long time. What do we love doing? What comes out of our mouths?

Lord, please help us to guard our hearts. Help us to spend our time and energy on things that please you. Please give us salty words and not stinky ones.

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