It Pays to Watch What You Say

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Mike Conley, who has played for over a decade with the Memphis Grizzlies, has never received a technical foul and is known as “The NBA’s Most Polite Player.”  This means that while playing over 23,000 minutes, Mr. Conley has never been whistled for a tech by a referee.  In a world of intense sports competition and trash talking, Mike Conley has earned the respect of colleagues, coaches, and referees for his ability to keep his composure in a sometimes hostile environment.<

Mr. Conley’s example reminds me of how every Christian should stand out from the world when it comes to our words and actions.  In Colossians 4:6, the Apostle Paul tells believers that our conversations should “…always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”  Salt in ancient times was prized for its purifying and preserving qualities.  In the same manner, our words are to be characterized by their kindness, truthfulness, and enriching effect upon all whom we engage in conversation.

As ambassadors of Christ, we honor God when both our words and actions reflect His character.  Not only will this draw others to the Savior, but it will yield eternal rewards.  So, remember, it pays to watch what you say!