“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it ill eat its fruit.” ~ Proverbs 18:21 NIV
Yesterday evening, Saturday May 23rd, 2015 as I stood in the check out line at one of our leading supermarkets on the island, I over heard a very interesting conversation between two gentlemen.
For the purpose of anonymity, I will call them by the names Johnny and John Doe.
Johnny – “John Doe, I goin’ vote for you this election man.” [election slated for June 8th, 2915]
John Doe – “Hey, that’s you man. Long time no see you.
Johnny – “I could say the same too, I saying you must be up Balsum Ghut.” [on the island, Balsum Ghut is where Her Magesty’s Prison is located.]
John Doe – “You see dey now! Boss, tongue got plenty power, it can kill you! How you could say that?” [by then, he was no longer smiling and he actually began to walk away from Johnny
Johnny – “No man, the tongue can’t do you nothin'”
John Doe – “That’s wha you think, boss. Is wha you say out your mouth does kill you.”
Johnny – “Okay, well tomorrow, I goin’ win 1 million dollars. How about that now?” But John Doe kept walking away. His mood was different by then.
Johnny’s response, “You see dat, you playing me man. You don’t want hear I goin’ win 1 million dollars so you gone.”
Now to me, there is a serious side to that conversation, yet one cannot help but find humor in it as well. 🙂
To begin with, Johnny knew fully well that John Doe is not a candidate for the upcoming elections so there is no way possible that he can cast a vote for him in an election that he is not competing in.
He also knew that even though he may not have seen John Doe for a while he was not in prison. Why? Because here on the island ”everybody’s business is everyone’s shop talk.” It would have been headline news!
He used his mouth to cast negative words and a curse into the atmosphere [death sentence] over John Doe’s life.
In the end, although he apparently got the understanding of what it meant to use his mouth and tongue to speak positive things into other people’s life, instead of correcting his early error by telling John Doe that he wish for him to win 1 million dollars, he wished the 1 million unto himself.
John Doe in turn killed Johnny’s dream of becoming a millionaire, not so much by what he did of walking off on him, but by his unspoken words.
The are a few lessons we can learn from this story –
- Dreams, hopes and plans come alive when we speak positive things about ourselves and others and have the faith to see it come to fruition
- Dreams, hopes and plans die when we speak negative things about ourselves and others.
- What we do not want for ourselves, we should never wish it or speak it into the lives of others.
Beyond that, the bible says in James 4:3, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with the wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (NIV)
Do you think that John Doe did the right thing by walking off on Johnny? If you were in John Doe’s place, what would your response have been?
Do you believe that if John Doe had corrected Johnny from early on that he was not contesting in the upcoming elections that the conversation would have taken a different turn? What other lessons do you believe we can learn from this story and apply to our daily lives?
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