My son is going to play football this coming year, his senior year. He has refrained since Jr. High, instead choosing to focus on basketball. But after 3 years of the football coach's begging, he has decided, "why not" and besides it will give him another letter for his jacket.
So now for all the equipment. Way more then with basketball, I can tell you. And he will most definately have a mouth guard. Years of orthodontia makes that a requirement even if the league didn't. The mouth guard will protect his pretty teeth from outside trauma.
The last few weeks I have been reluctantly engaged in a small firestorm within our church. Unnecessary to say the least. Undesired. And yet God has allowed it. And this morning in my time of prayer and quiet in the Word I found the greatest verses that applied to my current situation and need.
"Set a guard over my mouth , O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies."
I desperately need the Lord to fit me with a mouth guard. I so long to say so many nasty and sarcastic things that would make me feel better in the moment but would have a long term negative impact.
I so need my heart to not be drawn to what is evil, responding as "they" are and following their lead. Those "delicacies" of gossip and half truths and manipulation are enticing for the moment but would not truly satisfy, and in fact, they would be poison to my soul.
I need a mouth guard that will protect me and others from the trauma that my own words can so easily create.