What IS That Sound?

As I stepped outside early for my walk/jog, I was serenaded by mourning doves. Ah, so peaceful!

But, before I rounded the first corner, I heard the neighborhood woodpeckers. Mind you, this sound in no way resembles the woodpeckers I’ve enjoyed in the woods. Oh no, these release their speed-drilling talent on the metal vents on roofs and on the stucco that covers the outside walls of homes.

It’s just not right! That sound should not be correlated with woodpeckers.

As I continued on my trek, I thought of how sometimes the things that come out of our mouths don’t correlate with who we are as God’s people. Are we complaining or arguing? Speaking negatively about another believer? Speaking untruthfully or being unnecessarily critical?

Here are some verses that remind us of what we should or should not sound like:

“If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God” (1 Peter 4:11a).

“Do everything without complaining or arguing” (Philippians 2:14). (Don’t sound like annoying woodpeckers.)

“An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up” (Proverbs 12:25).

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).

“The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit” (Proverbs 15:4).

The book of Proverbs is rich with wisdom about words. Try reading a chapter a day for a month. Then repeat.

Sorry if woodpeckers got a bad rap-a-tap-tap today. Just trying to drill the lesson home.

May we be “innocent as doves” (Mtt. 10:16).


About Arrow

Hi and welcome! My pen name is Arrow. The word “arrow” intrigues me because it has two meanings that describe my passions. One, it is an instrument used intentionally to reach a target, and two, it shows the way. As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, my goals are to live for Him, lead others to Him, and glorify the Heavenly Father. I pray that the stories, poems, song lyrics, and devotional thoughts I share on this website will always be inspired by the Holy Spirit and aligned with the truths found in God’s Word. My hope is that the words may penetrate your heart and point the way to a closer relationship with the Savior. I look forward to sharing my journey with you. Experiencing what God has in store is bound to be exciting! May you be blessed! ~ Arrow
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