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James 3: Good and Bad is From the Same Mouth

20160515_080154James 3:3-12 tells us that from the same mouth comes both praises to God and cruel words to others. I tried to convince my class that good words came from the mouth and bad words came from your pits (because they are the pits), but they said no and giggled. I have to have a little fun teaching!

What a great lesson for all of us, even me. It’s the end of the school year, I still have concerts and commencement to get through. And those people (teenagers) are just as excited about summer as me. Kind words that build each other up are going to go a lot further in making it a great end of the year than grumpy words. I’ve written about kind words before and saying things that build people up. You can read about it here.

20160515_070351For this craft you will need:

  • 1/2 sheet white paper folded into thirds
  • 1 tongue (I had red paper on hand, but you can easily do white and have the kids color it)
  • 2 strips of paper
  • tape, scissors, glue, markers

20160515_070456If you watch the video, you can see how it is all put together. Fold the white paper into thirds, tape on the strips (see how I cut them from the scraps around the tongue?) for finger holders, glue down the tongue and draw the eyes and nose on. Pretty simple.

When you are finished, have the kids take turns having their mouths say nice things. You will love what they come up with!

Here are a couple other crafts you might like that have open and shut parts:

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Watch What You Say

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He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity. Proverbs 21:23

Who has ever chanted to someone, “I’m the rubber, you’re the glue, whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you”? Or were you ever scolded by an adult (or maybe you say it as an adult), “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”? I’m cringing as I write this because I have said all of these things and had these things said to me! Words can be powerful, powerful tools of destruction or powerful, powerful tools to build up.

Another reason I cringe is because I have said mean things or spoken in haste and hurt someone’s feelings. As a teacher, sometimes I have to make a split decision about a situation that I see unfolding that is interrupting the class. Yes, my tone of voice can be harsher than it needs to be and yes sometimes I wrongly accuse in the moment. How can I, how can you, how can we keep from escalating the situation within ourselves so we do not say hurtful things to others? One solution could be just to keep our mouths shut. Take an extra three or four seconds to assess the situation, say the person’s name, and let them explain. Maybe we just need to say less and let others speak more.

What about hurtful things said to you? How do you get to the point where you can laugh it off, ignore it, and just move on? Here’s another example from my teaching days. A teacher, actually it was a student teacher, came to pick up her class who had a done a great job. They were excited and wanted to tell her what they had done. She says, “Not now, it’s time to get back to the learning zone”. Seriously? I mean, I know I just teach music, it’s not a real academic subject, but really, you want to say that in front of your students in front of a degreed teacher? I never said anything to her, it wasn’t worth it. Sometimes guarding your mouth means not saying anything and letting it go. No matter what you say you will always be wrong and some people just have an urge to feel more important than others. Don’t fall into that trap.

Just give it over to Jesus. Pray and tell Him what is going on. Whether you are frustrated or you need the strength to approach someone, He can help. Before you speak, ask for the right words. Before I jump to conclusions, I have found myself quickly praying for a way to get through to the child without getting upset at their nonchalance or fake smile of innocence. Guard your tongue and in so doing, you might keep yourself from digging a deep hole that is hard to get out of alone. If by chance you do dig that hole pretty deep, remember you are not alone. God can help you out of that hole, but you need to listen to Him and you need to be responsible for what you say.

He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity. Proverbs 21:23