“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.”
Ephesians 4:29, NIV

Most of us have probably heard the story about the little boy who, in an outburst of temper, shouted to his mother that he hated her. Fearing punishment, he subsequently fled from the house to a local hillside where he shouted into the valley, “I hate you! I hate you, I hate you, I hate you!” From the valley came the echo, “I hate you, I hate you, I hate you.” Startled by the response, the little boy ran back to his mother and reported to her there was a mean little boy in the valley shouting that he hated him.

The boy’s wise mother took him back to the valley and told him to shout, “I love you! I love you, I love you, I love you!” The little boy did as his mother instructed him to do and promptly heard the reply, “I love you . . . I love you!”

Even the laws of physics and nature tell us that what we sow, we reap . . . what we give, we get. Has your spouse seemed a little more unreasonable lately? Have your children seemed to become a little more unmanageable lately? Have those you work with seem to be getting on your nerves a little more frequently? Maybe it is time for you to take another trip to the valley?

“A man finds joy in giving an apt reply – and how good is a timely word! The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.”
Proverbs 15:23 and 28

QUESTION: What has been coming back your way lately? Is it possible that you are hearing your own echo?