Some of the most valuable lessons in life are learned in the school of hard knocks. There are life-lessons that will never be picked up through formal education or in books. Many things are only learned through experience. I’ve (sometimes unfortunately) had to learn many lessons that way. I’ve also learned many great lessons through experience, such as, you can fix almost anything with WD-40 and duct tape!
Popular Mechanics online lists 15 useful things you can do with duct tape, including,
• waterproofing your shoes
• removing pet hair from your furniture
• as a make-shift pest strip
• covering power cords in a high traffic area
• repairing holes in a sleeping bag, beach ball or snow pants
My all time favorite use of duct tape was the pilot in Alaska whose small plane was ripped apart by a bear who smelled fresh bait left in the plane. After surveying the damage the pilot radioed for a plane to drop him three cases of duct tape which he used to wrap his plane and then he flew home!
Another creative use of duct tape happened this past weekend in the NBA playoffs. The coach of the Dallas Mavericks had previously been fined $25,000 for criticizing the refs. In the post game interview, rather than risking another hefty fine, he tapped his mouth shut. Not a bad idea! Words can get you in trouble.
The Bible talks a lot about the power of words. For example,
There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health
Death and life are in the power of the tongue
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless
One of the hardest things for any of us to do is to control our words. David, the Psalmist, recognized just how difficult it is and prayed; Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth (Psalm 141:3). If this is an area that you struggle with, maybe that’s how you should pray.
Asking God to guard your mouth, however, does not relieve you of responsibility. We are still accountable for our words. That means we have to stop make excuses for the way we talk to other people.
So here are six truthful statements to ponder:
• No, you don’t have the right to say anything you want to say
• Yes, you are responsible for every word you speak
• No, there’s no excuse that is acceptable for ungodly, unkind words
• Yes, your words have great power
• No, you are NOT a good person if your words are not good words
• Yes, your words tell everyone what is in your heart
One final thought – Sometimes you might need to use some duct tape.
Stay in the Word