I’m the type person who, often times, speaks before I think. It’s caused me a great deal of uncomfortable situations, and the burn of every drop of blood in my body rushing to my face. That’s one benefit to being in Mexico where you’re surrounded by people who don’t speak English. You can say almost anything you want and they have no clue what you’re talking about. Or do they?!?!
Mega Missions has a house, The Casa, where we stay. There’s also Mexican families who live there and help with the ministry. Javier and Raquel are the parents and their children and grandchildren also live there. Each have their own separate homes. It’s an awesome place.
There’s a big veranda with rocking chairs where we sit and talk. There’s always a breeze blowing and it’s so peaceful. Well, most of the time. On this particular trip there were a couple dogs feeling a little frisky, if you know what I mean. Besides that, and people sneaking up behind you trying to turn your chair over, it’s one of the most peaceful places on earth.
One day Kaitlyn, a pretty eighteen year old, and I were sitting under the veranda watching Omar, Javier’s son in law, play with his baby. It’s just a fact that Omar is as cute as a button!! He’s twenty seven and has the cutest dimples. I had told Kaitlyn it was too bad he was married because they’d make a cute couple.
As you can see, he has a beautiful wife. Anyway, Omar had walked behind us, and Kaitlyn jokingly said “Hey, if it doesn’t work out between Omar and his wife!” And pointed to herself. We were both cracking up when he stepped in front of us and said, “Mi comprende.” I’m not sure if i spelled that right, but I’m sure of the fact that he was grinning from ear to ear. Apparently he hadn’t walked off as far as we’d thought. Also, apparently he understands way more English than he speaks! Needless to say, Kaitlyn’s face turned every shade of red, and I laughed my butt off! I’m just glad it was someone besides me who embarrassed themselves! Moral of the story is, be careful what you say in Mexico. Mexicans are sneaky eavesdroppers! Just kidding :-).
Seriously, we should never take our words lightly. Words are powerful and can breath life into someone. Our words can also tear someone down. What we say, and how we say it matters. We have the power to speak life or death, blessings or curses. I’m not saying we can’t joke around, I’m just saying, let’s choose our words carefully and speak life! Let’s build others up and not tear each other down. Let’s mind our words even when the people we’re around don’t speak English!
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. Proverbs 18:21