Does the way I talk about (you name it) reflect what I truly believe about (the it)?
More importantly, does the way I talk about (a topic/idea/truth/person/being) reflect what God says about (the it)?
I listened to a woman share part of her life story at church recently, and part of her testimony included the phrase, “Satan had blinded my eyes…” She went on to share how God had graciously brought her to a place of brokenness and ultimately, surrender.
My mind, however, went to 2 Corinthians 4:4, which says:
…the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Later in the day, I worked on aligning the state standards to some teaching material, making sure that what I was testing and teaching match what I have been instructed to teach.
The same sort of reflection seems proper for my vocabulary and tone. Just as kids pick up the vocabulary and tone of their parents’ words, unintentionally aligning them, I long to pick up the vocabulary and tone of my Father’s Word. “They are not just idle words for you—they are your life” (Deuteronomy 32:47a).