“Uhm, err, seriously?  Isn’t that going to be kind of hard to live up to?”  That’s what I thought when God put Eph. 4:29, on my heart lately.  “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” 

It seems like it may be too much, but it’s what God asks of us.  Pretty hard-core, huh?  Can you imagine never saying anything unwholesome ever?  And, I’m not just talking about gossip here (though that is obviously a huge part of it), I’m talking off color jokes, cranky observations, teasing people just to get a laugh, etc etc etc. God has really laid this verse on my heart as of late.  As much as I hate to admit it, I can’t help but think that maybe I’ve let my tongue be on way too long of a leash and given it way to much room to roam (James 3:3-12).  It’s a little convicting, to say the least.  So, what to do?  Well, what I really like about this verse is that it does not just address the problem, it tells us what we ought to do.  Namely, we ought to only say the kind of stuff that is “…helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen”. 

So, instead of this being a blog about all the negatives that come with “unwholesome talk”, let’s just go ahead and start with the positive stuff starting…now! I am excited to see what is going to happen when I try to be as encouraging as possible.  Or what happens when I don’t point out something that annoys me to others.  Or when I do my best to point out everything awesome to people.  Or when I brag on other people.  I think that would be the kind of talk that pleases God, and I think it would be the kind of talk that would be a blessing to those around me.  Furthermore, I think it will even benefit me, personally, to not let garbage in my life like that. 

Overall, people, I think it would be cool if everyone, especially us Christians, jumped on board with this.  I really think other people would notice.  So, if you’re up for it, join me in just saying only nice, pleasant, good, kind, polite, gracious, well-mannered, courteous, fine, , clean, friendly, encouraging, awesome, splendid, tremendous, fantastic, remarkable, amazing, astounding, humbling, sweet, cool, rad, wholesome stuff.  I think it’s going to be a challenge, but I think it is going to be worth it. 

Are you in? 

The Joe