One of Life’s Hardest Lessons

Take a feather pillow and climb a high tower on a windy day. Once on top, cut open the pillow and let the feathers loose in the wind. Then, climb down from the tower and gather all the feathers and place them back in the pillow. You will find it is impossible to do so.

You see, the feathers are like the hurtful words that leave our mouth. Once they are spoken, you cannot get them back. You may think “I’m sorry” makes it all better, but the most sincere “I’m sorry” cannot undo the damage that hurtful words create.

Consider the damage done by a hand grenade or a wrecking ball, even the simple event of a dinner plate crashing to the floor. How difficult, if not impossible, would it be to make everything as it was.

“A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything or destroy it! A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke…” (James 3:5-6 The Message)

One of life’s greatest and hardest lessons is controlling the tongue. Like throwing a hand grenade…one may be sorry they threw it, but the damage is done. The impact permanently alters all that it touches. Scars remain…how many…time will tell.

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11 thoughts on “One of Life’s Hardest Lessons

  1. optimisticgladness

    Great analogy! I’ve heard the one about the tooth paste being squeezed out of the tube, like words. We can’t put the tooth paste back into the tube. Thanks for this post!


  2. I thought about getting my tongue and both lips pierced…then fastening them together with a bar bell. Unfortunately, Jesus said that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. I guess the work will need to be a bit deeper than mere skin. 🙂



  3. Well put. Your message is what I have been trying to convey to my students who have been bullied, and to people who have bullied me. You are right. The scars remain. Our trust in God minimizes the pain, but the scars are there ~ at least during this life. thanks for this post.


  4. Great post, thoughts to ponder…


  5. So very true. When we speak we should keep in mind, are we trying to prove we are right or are we trying to improve the relationship.


  6. Steven Sawyer

    Great post. Wise words. Whenever I think about bridling my tongue I always think about Ephesians 4:29:
    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

    And also, an old newscaster on an AM station in Montgomery, Alabama, where we used to live, ended every one of his broadcasts with this famous quote:
    “The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
    Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
    Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”
    ― Omar Khayyám
    It’s not biblical but carries the same message for me. Once we speak it, we can never bring it back.
    Thanks for sharing, my friend.


  7. Someone has said: “You can’t un-ring a bell.” God bless.


  8. Very true. Great words today.


  9. Reblogged this on 1smiles and commented:
    We can use our words to lift each other up or to tear each other apart.


  10. So true. Thank you for the reminder this morning.


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