Voices carry.

I told you already that I like to watch people. I also tend to be nosey. I am not the only one. Admit it, you listen to conversations around you too. Whether you are in the theatre, a restaurant, getting your hair cut, or laying by the pool. Sometimes it is just too easy to overhear the conversations of others. Sometimes you just can’t help but hear what they are talking about. And sometimes, it isn’t that you are listening, it is just that they are being too loud to not hear them.

A couple weeks ago I heard a conversation between a mother and her daughter that I really wish I hadn’t. I will admit that I don’t know the situation that led up to what I heard, and I really wasn’t trying to listen, but at the volume they were using it was impossible not to hear it. What I did hear, really upset me. What I heard still haunts me. The mother SCREAMED at her daughter (who I will guess was about 8):

“Get away from me! I really don’t want to see your face!”

That statement broke my heart. I don’t know what had happened to lead up to the fight, but I do know that there had to have been a better way to handle the situation. I wanted to tell the mom how she would feel if she really couldn’t see that face again. I wished there was a way to show her how she sounded and how that may affect her daughter.

Ephesians 6:4 ESV
Fathers(and Mothers), do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

We all say things we regret. We all get into situations that cause us to say and do things that we wish we never had. We all have times when we wish we could push a rewind button and erase what we had said or done. We can’t erase what we said, but what we can do is apologize. We can do our best to seek forgiveness and we can learn not to do it again.

Ephesians 4:32 ESV
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Dear God,
Help us to remember the impact our words and actions have on others. Please help us to be the people that you want us to be.
Amen

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