She Speaks

Did you all watch the Oscars on Sunday?  I can’t say I enjoyed the actual show, but I always love a good red carpet.  When I was younger, before the days of DVR, I would record the pre-shows so I could watch them back and oohh and ahhh at the glitz and glamor, studying each designer’s style and technique.  I still try to guess the designer before they unveil it.
So, at the prompting of Mr. Oscar, Bernie and finally decided to go see the King’s Speech.  If you haven’t seen it yet, go.  Now.  It’s amazing.  Here’s a little snack until you get to the theater:
The film in itself is amazing: the acting, music, sound, cinematography…there’s a reason it won “Best Picture.”  There were also so many themes I loved:  perseverance; facing your fears; the benefits of a loyal, trusting friendship; the importance of a loving, supportive wife; but the one that stands out above the rest for me is the value of finding and using your voice.
Admittedly, we’re not the King of England on the brink of war combating a lifelong stutter, BUT, we have each been given a voice.  And our words are a powerful tool.  
In James 3, we see James cautioning the use of our speech saying, 
“The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark…”
With our words can come great fruit, or great destruction.  It’s such a small part of the body, with incredible potential.     
 The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
   but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 
Proverbs 12:18
The power of taming the tongue has always been something I struggle with, but given the choice, between piercing swords and healing, I choose healing. 
She speaks with wisdom,
   and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 
Proverbs 31:26  
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