"Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything" (Proverbs 13:3 NLT).
Upon my return from our recent missionary trip to India, multiple people asked me the same question, “Was this a life-changing event for you, or what?” My answer, though maybe unexpected, was “no”.
A change of circumstances doesn’t solve your problems. Your contentment is not a function of your circumstances. A new “place” guarantees new “problems”.
A long time ago, I resigned to the fact that nothing I ever do will be perfect, for one particular reason.
I’m not perfect.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)
"So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls." (James 1:21 - NLT)
"For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." (1 Corinthians 1:18)
"The grass withers and the flowers fade but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8).
The words of the wise are like cattle prods--painful but helpful. Their collected sayings are like a nail-studded stick with which a shepherd drives the sheep. - Ecclesiastes 12:11 (NLT)
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