The other day Jonny and I took our 2 year old to the park where there was lots of grass for her tiny feet to do some quick running. Jonny and I would stay back and watch her as she ran one direction laughing and squealing and then eventually ran the other direction once again laughing and squealing (especially when the water sprinklers came on). At one point she was picking up speed running downhill when we realized that not too far ahead of her was the street and an approaching car. At that moment, as my heart jumped, I remember thinking "What is the most powerful thing I can say right now to get her to listen to me?"
Many times in our lives we fill up the air around us with fluff. Some people even get to the point to where they don't even listen to themselves anymore. You know that person, the one who always makes up and over exaggerates and embellishes everything that comes out of their mouth. Or then there is the person who talks so much about anything. The person without an edit button in their mouth that says anything and everything even when they should keep their mouth shut. How about the person who you know is always just repeating what someone else says and there is no conviction in what they say because they don't know if they fully believe themselves. Finally the person who doesn't remember how to tell the whole truth anymore, the one you can't trust. I have been all of these people and every now and then I sit down and think about a friend who is teetering precariously on the cliff of right and wrong. I then think, "Oh! If only I hadn't blabbed so much about nothing so that now they would only think that anything that came out of my mouth was fluff and has no weight." I might even think, "Why did I over exaggerate and now they don't believe the seriousness of what I am speaking about?" There are so many people around us who will be running towards that street at some point in our relationship with them and I've started to wonder, "Would they listen to me? Do the words that come out of my mouth have any value or weight?" or "Have I ruined their trust of me by lying, exaggerating, or always talking and never listening?" So why does this type of problem occur and how can we fix it? Luke 6:45 says,
"A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart."
This will be my focus...I need a good heart so that the overflow will be from the treasury of that good heart. Psalm 119:10-11 says,
"I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."
When we have His word in our hearts then the overflow will be something worth listening to. Until then we are just frantically calling out to those around us as they continue towards the street and the car, ignoring us.
So what did Jonny and I say and did Scarlett stop?
Jonny and I:
"Hey Scarlett, slow down."
"Wait for Mommy and Daddy."
"SSSTTTOOOOOPPPPP!!!!" This was responded to with a sudden stop and turning towards us. :)