I’d like to share this little story with you and I hope that you find this as thought provoking as I did. There is a very powerful message here!
A group of hares were traversing across a vast desert when two of them tumbled into a very deep ravine. All of the other hares gathered around the rim of the ravine to behold their sudden and very unexpected predicament. After beholding the enormous depth of the ravine, they told their two comrades that they were as good as dead. The two trapped hares purposely ignored the discouraging comments and earnestly tried leaping out of the deep ravine with all of their might. The others kept shouting at them to stop, that they were doomed, that there was no possibility of escaping certain death! Finally, one of the hares took heed to what they were saying and sadly gave up, laid down and died.
The other hare persisted to leap with all his might. Once again, the crowd yelled at him to just stop the inevitable and die, that he would never be able to escape. Yet with each shout that came, the harder and harder he tried, and he finally succeeded in making it out. Triumphantly standing at the top and free at last, the other hares asked him, “Did you not hear us, did you not hear us say that there was no hope, no chance of escape?”
The victorious hare explained to them that he was deaf and thought they were encouraging him the entire time.
As I read that, there were a couple of things that spoke to me. First, our tongue is a powerful instrument! That is so vividly pictured in the book of James chapter 3 where he compares the power of the tongue to bridles for horses and the rudders of ships. In verse 5 we read, Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! Our tongue is a powerful instrument being used for good or evil, for encouragement or discouragement.
Second, our tongue is a revelation of our heart; how is it being used? Is it for praise to God and the encouragement for our fellowman or, cursing and criticizing?
Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? – James 3:9-11
So again, how are we using our tongue? Is it for enlightenment and encouragement or the drowning of discouragement? Does it spread glorious hope and cheer or deep despair and defeat? Do we use our tongue for proclaiming God’s praises and precious promises or the drumming of doubts and disappointments?
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. – Psalm 19:14