My better half owns and operates a hair salon here in town. One of the perks of living and working in our home town is many of her clients are people that we went to high school with. The other day, she was cutting an old friends hair that she had not seen in a few years. She made small talk as hair stylists do, then the conversation turned to me. She said, “Yeah I’m with Travis Recksiek, you remember him right?” His response? “Yeah… He was mean to me in high school…”.
Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. -James 3:5
My heart sank when she told me later that day. Now, we have been out of school for 8 years, but he still remembers me as that guy that picked on him in school, just like it was yesterday. The boy I was back in high school, is so different from the man I am now that you almost couldn’t convince someone that we are one in the same, but the past always has a way of swinging back around on you.
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. -Ephesians 4:29
The moral of the story? Don’t be a jerk! We never seem to realize how our actions or even just our words will affect people in their lives. Words can lift others up or they can cut them down. It takes far fewer words for the latter. It all comes down to how do you want to be remembered on this earth: The guy who spread the word or Christ and helped others every chance he got, or the guy that laughed at people and called them names in high school.