Lately we've been having trouble with our toilet backing up, but it's been Jason or I in the bathroom and we both know to quickly shut off the water. Today, Aedan, who never flushes ever, actually decided to flush and the toilet overflowed. It wasn't terrible, but the whole idea of it is just gross. I had to mop the floor and wash the throw rug, but it could've been a lot worse. And it got me thinking about Jesus' words, "For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken."
I always tell my kids, "What is inside of you will eventually come out." Meaning, what is inside of you will eventually come out! If you store anger and bitterness in your heart, it will be evident in your words. If you house pride and judgment, your words will be full of pride and judgment. But on the other hand, if you have a joyful and content heart, your words will be full of hope and encouragement.
This is an area that I am regularly having to check myself in and repent of the junk stored in my heart. Because it always comes out, and when it does, it's not pretty. Not to my own ears, nor to God's Even if I never verbalize the words, I know those thoughts are rumbling around and it's just a matter of time. More than that, God hears even our thoughts, so nothing is hidden from Him.
"Let my words and my thoughts be pleasing to you Lord, because you are my Mighty Rock and my Protector." Psalm 19:14.