Hopefully, not much time passes between the time you open your eyes in the morning and when you brush your teeth. And hopefully, you brush your teeth throughout the day, so today’s challenge invites multiple daily opportunities.
A big forest fire can be started with only a little flame. And the tongue is like a fire. It is a whole world of evil among the parts of our bodies. The tongue spreads its evil through the whole body. The tongue is set on fire by hell, and it starts a fire that influences all of life. People can tame every kind of wild animal, bird, reptile, and fish, and they have tamed them, but no one can tame the tongue. It is wild and evil and full of deadly poison. We use our tongues to praise our Lord and Father, but then we curse people, whom God made like himself. Praises and curses come from the same mouth! My brothers and sisters, this should not happen. Do good and bad water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree make olives, or can a grapevine make figs? No! And a well full of salty water cannot give good water. (James 3:3-12)
The mouth is certainly powerful in our lives, and every opportunity we can take to use our mouth to glorify God is worthwhile. As you brush your teeth today, commit to using your mouth only for God’s glory. If what you’re going to say isn’t going to glorify God, keep it shut. Keep in mind sometimes it’s not what you say but how you say it. If you need extra motivation, commit to brushing your teeth every time throughout the day when you speak in an unglorifying way (or tighten the reins and include moments you even consider speaking in unglorfying ways). It’s a clean mouth sort of day!