It happened again...I’ve seen the 1954 movie, "White Christmas," again
and again and again, and a tear came as Rosemary Clooney finally saw the light; that Bing Crosby was secretly planning a reunion
of the soldiers who had been under his old general of World War Two, and wasn’t making a cent out of it. She thought
he "had an angle" for his own publicity.
Yes…it was just a movie,
but it was the thought that’s always so touching. Her misunderstanding of Bing’s plan broke up their beautiful
romance. How many real life loves have lost their luster through some misunderstanding or a misplaced word or an idle piece
of gossip! And often it’s final. Never mind that the person later says, "I didn’t mean it that way."
The feathers from a torn pillow can’t be recovered.
King Saul changed from
adoration of David when crowds spoke of "Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands" (1 Samuel 18:7).
And it caused David years of danger for his life as Saul pursued him out of jealousy. And it was the downfall of Saul himself,
in the end.
And John the Baptist lost his head, literally, all because a king
foolishly promised up to half his kingdom to a girl who pleased him with her dancing.
was so right when he wrote his thoughts that are in the third chapter of his book in the Bible concerning our tongues. "And
the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth
on fire the course of nature, and it is set on fire of hell." And he goes on to say, "But the tongue can no man
tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison." How thoughtless our minds can be as they send idle words to our tongues!
Bad taste in its worst form, if you’ll pardon the pun.
Big sins are obvious;
it’s the veiled sins…the sneaky sins…the "I didn’t mean it that way" sins that can ruin
loves and lives, and put pot holes in our road to Heaven.
Please be careful what
you say. They’re the mirror of your heart.