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Private Words and Little Birds

Updated: Oct 23, 2021

Have you hear d the expression, “A little bird told me”? It's a handy way to dodge disclosing who told you what you're telling someone else. It's a polite way to say, “Don't ask. It's a secret.” I recently found what may be the source for not giving away your source. It's in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. Chapter ten, verse twenty (NKJV) says, “Do not curse the king, even in your thought; Do not curse the rich, even in your bedroom; For a bird of the air may carry your voice, and a bird in flight may tell the matter.”

That verse cautions the reader to be careful what you say even in private. The Bible says plenty about how we talk to and about others. It cautions us not to bend the truth, not to complain, nor speaking critically of others. Today's verse mentions people with authority and influence who can cause you to regret your critical words. Of course, if you never say those words you can't be quoted.

I like how humorist, Will Rogers, phrased it. He said, “Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.” Your pet parrot may not repeat everything it heard you say, but certain things it might repeat could be embarrassing.

Here's a good prayer about protecting our words. Psalm 141:3 (NKJV), says, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.”

What's your reflection in today's mirror? As someone who uses a lot of words during the week. What do you say about others that you hope doesn't get back to them? What if a little bird could tell them? I challenge you to start praying

Psalm 141:3---“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.”

That's this week's look... in.. the mirror.

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