By The Rev. Thomas M. Boles PhD, D.D.
It’s not easy to control our tongues. But as these words from the poem,
“Drop a Pebble in the Water,” by James W. Foley illustrate, a careless
word can have far-reaching effects. Fortunately, so can a careful word!
Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea
And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be.
Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on.
They keep spreading, spreading, spreading from the center as they go,
And there is no way to stop them, once you’ve started them to flow.
Drop a word of cheer and kindness: in a minute you forget;
But there’s gladness still a-swelling, and there’s joy a-circling, yet,
And you’ve rolled a wave of comfort whose sweet music can be heard
Over miles and miles of water just by dropping one kind word.
Our talks are often in first drafts -
Lots of corrections necessary!
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