Monday, March 18, 2013

Chew Your Words Before Letting Them Out

"My auntie Chava used to tell me to chew my words before letting them out. 'Seven times, Marjan,' she would say. 'Chew them seven times.' If you let your words go buzzing out of your mouth like bees, she always told me, they will come back and sting you."

From "Shadow Spinner" by Susan Fletcher (pg. 30).  For school, our family is reading this intriguing tale about a Persian queen who saves her life and the lives of many other women by telling stories.

When I read those words, I immediately thought, of course, of gossip.

"When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise."  Proverbs 10:19