The Hubster used to work as a welder in an elevator factory when we were first married. Uniforms were supplied to all workers and laundry was included. Every year, new uniforms were delivered to the employees. One time, management decided to make a change in style and ordered pants with cuffs. They never made that mistake again.
Being a gifted welder, The Hubster rarely made mistakes. However, even the most talented metal fabricator occasionally caused sparks to fly. Such was the case one cold winter day. As he worked on a large hunk of steel, The Hubster started to feel a warmth in his boots that spread up his calf. Glancing down, he realized a tiny spark had lodged itself in the cuff of his work pants and ignited a small fire. My darling man dropped his work and patted the fire out quickly. The damage was already done, however. The pants were a total loss.
One week later, all the welders' pants were returned, sans cuffs. They had been removed at management's request.
Psalm 39 warns us not to sin with our tongues and to think before we speak. The Bible tells us that our tongues have many evil uses: to flatter, deceive, cause strife, backbite, seduce, falsely accuse, and cause rebellion, as well as tell lies.
What better use of this "little member" might be to spread joy, sing God's praises, share His Word, encourage a fallen brother, and sustain the weary?
"Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow colorblind."--Austin O'Malley