August 4

TODAY IS…

a terrific day to speak as if the microphone is on.

“Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner room will be proclaimed upon the housetops.”  Luke 12:3 NASB

We have all read about things that were said by public figures who thought what they were saying was private. Either in tape-recorded conversations or in settings where microphones were on that were thought to be off, we have been angered, amused, enlightened, and entertained by supposedly private statements that have revealed much more about the character – or lack of it – of someone than they would have preferred.

Think, for a moment, about the things that we say in private that are in direct contrast to what we say in public. When it comes right down to it, why do we talk differently depending upon who we are with or what the social situation is? We say we do this out of consideration because we don’t want to offend a particular person, group, gender, or race. But if we are saying something that would offend any of the above, are we not offending God?

Perhaps we don’t give it much thought, but where God is concerned, the microphone is always on and the tape is always running. If we are aware that God knows every word that crosses our lips and we still speak offensively, are we not, in reality, speaking volumes about our relationship with the Lord?

The measure of who we are; what we think of ourselves; how we view others; and how strong our relationship with God is should not be arrived at when we are on our “best behavior.”

Is it not a truer reflection of someone’s character when they are viewed at their worst?

Politicians, in general, are viewed as being consummate liars. The public’s overwhelming opinion is that we never know what they are really thinking or what they truly believe (unless, of course, the microphone is inadvertently left on.)

We criticize them at every opportunity, but how many of us are like that, if even only a little?

Self-examination can tell us, if we are willing to see the truth in ourselves. We must remind ourselves, though, that while we may be able to fool those around us, including ourselves, we can never fool God, and we really should not want that. Nor should we want to offend Him.

The bottom line is this – if we think, speak, and act to please God, we will never have to worry if someone is watching or if someone is listening. So always remember that whether or not people can hear you speaking, where God is concerned the microphone is always on.

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Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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