Imagine a volcano. You don’t know when it will rupture, you don’t know when the boiling point sets in. Consider the words you use. Don’t let your own anger reach a boiling point where your verbal anger spews out toxic and spiteful words.
Volcanos change the landscape just like volcanic words chan change a life. How many spews of verbal ash have landed on the unsuspecting lives’ of people? Has the dust settled? Do people choke from the volcanic ash of your words? Have your harsh words taken their breath away? Have you left a trail of damage from your internal rupture?
Okay, maybe you don’t rupture, but when you pop out verbal sentences of cold retorts, blunt statements, powerful belittling words, your temper is having a “hiccup”. People notice when you have them, they hear those words. How do you stop these “hiccups”? It has been suggested to me to hold my breath when I have the literal hiccups. In the same way, “hold your breath” so people don’t have to hear your retorts or belittling statements. Bite your tongue, hard, if you have to! Don’t let your internal dialogue come spewing out on people. Don’t cover people with your verbal ash of words. Hold your tonuge, cool your temper. “A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1, NIV). “Set a guard over my mouth O Lord, keep watch over the door of my lips”. (Psalm 141:3, NIV)
There are just days…I get it! But when you’ve messed up, do what you need to do to make amends. Admit it. Say sorry. Confess your outburst to God. People are far too precious to be destroyed by the power of words.