What you say can make you happy or sad. It can make you healthy or unhealthy. It can make you wise or foolish. It can build people up or tear people down. It can get you hired, it can get you fired. You've got to learn to think before you speak.
T – Truthful. Is it Truthful?
H – Helpful. Is it Helpful?
I – Inspiring. Is it Inspiring?
N – Necessary. Is it Necessary?
K – Kind. Is it Kind?
That's how you think: Is it truthful, helpful, inspirational, necessary and kind?
Proverbs 20:25 (NIV), "It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later consider his vows." Choose your commitments carefully. Don't make promises you don't intend to keep. Consider the costs of your commitments and think before you speak.
It's always easier to get in than it is to get out. Is it easier to get in to debt than out of debt? Is it easier to get into a relationship than out of a relationship? it easier to fill your schedule than it is to fulfill your schedule?
Don't make rash vows, promises that you don't intend to keep. Have you ever said "yes" to a salesman and later regretted it? Have you ever made a promise to your kids that they wouldn't let you forget? Have you ever accepted an invitation and then wished you hadn't? Think before you speak.
Just a thought from the front porch…