What has happened in our country that people feel the need to spew out toxic words, whether it is about politics, being unhappy with an airline seat, someone cutting in front of them in a line, they don’t like the way something was reported or shown on the t.v., or every word out of a famous person’s mouth, etc., etc. etc.?
I have never heard such hostility, meanness, intolerance, bigotry, and hatred. Our country has an overabundance of toxicity and it divides us even more. This doesn’t even include the toxic atmosphere in marriages and homes. Our children are surrounded and permeated with toxic words and actions. Anger builds, but underneath all of that anger is hurt and isolation.
Toxic words such as stupid, loser, idiot, begin in the home, most of time and send our kids out into the world “primed” to treat others that way too. “Can’t you do anything right?” “I wish I had never had you!” “You will never amount to anything when you grow up”…..”WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?!” Does this sound familiar to you?
Why can’t we disagree, but still be civil and be friends? Why do we need to verbally or physically attack? Why do we judge? Why do we make fun of those who don’t share our beliefs and values?
TOXIC: Acting as having the effect of a POISON
POISON: Something harmful to the happiness or well-being of another
“May the words of my mouth and the medication of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Ps. 19:14
“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked. Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs. Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment. Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.” Prov. 10:11-14
Maybe now is a good time to evaluate ourselves as we move forward into 2018. Here are some questions to begin:
What is the atmosphere in your home? Is it encouraging or discouraging? Is it uplifting or depressing? Is it chaotic and angry or is it pleasant and peaceful?
Are you completely fed up with what is happening in our country that you are covered with anger, hatred and distaste? Do you spew that toxic thinking on social media and many of your conversations?
Do you find yourself yelling at anyone for almost anything? Are you fueled by your anger? Who is paying that price for that in your life.? How toxic are YOU?
When you feel like life is out of control…”BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.”
When you feel like you are fed up with how you feel and act…”THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS AND SELF CONTROL”. Let THAT neutralize your toxic thinking, actions and words, beginning today.