What’s our conversational diet?

Published 8:33 pm Saturday, October 27, 2018

By Demetrious Moffett

Sticks and stones can break my bones but names will never hurt me.

I’ve heard these words when I was coming up and have come to find that this statement is not true.

Words can help, words can hurt. Words can be a blessing, words can cause bruising.

Once we speak words we cannot get them back.

Just as sweets to the tongue of a baby, so negativity to the tongue of humanity.

We may have a great desire to eat healthily, but junk food seems to be our food of choice. Probably because our lives have become so busy that we don’t have time to cook or prepare healthy meals.

There is a difference between healthy waste and bad waste.

Certain foods are designed to keep us regular while others will cause constipation. Are we feeding on a healthy conversation? Are we speaking fiber or junk? Are we taking the time to prepare a healthy conversation by cultivating healthy thoughts? Or are we speaking or feeding on junk conversations that cause our heart of forgiveness to become constipated?

Just because we have the opportunities to speak on things doesn’t mean we should speak every time.

It’s amazing to me that there are those who invoke their right to speak but don’t want to hear responses. If we want to have the right to say what we feel, we need to consider the possible responses.

A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips, he shall be filled. Proverbs 18:20 (NJKV)

It’s not only what we say, but how we say what we say.

The truth can be very difficult to handle at times. Like liver is good for the body, it’s an acquired taste to digest. I suggest that if we take the time to truly assess the possibilities of how certain foods can affect our bodies, we could live healthier lives.

If we take the time to truly assess the possibilities of how certain comments can affect emotions before we speak, we could live happier lives. I’m not saying that we should not speak or share our thoughts and feelings. I’m pointing out, the same freedoms we have to speak our minds, others have the freedom to speak on their minds.

Say what you want, but what comes out of us will confirm our conversational diet.


Demetrius Moffett is Senior Pastor of Orange Church of God, 1911 North 16th Street in Orange.