The wildfire that began in Colorado on Labor Day has become the most destructive wildfire in the history of the state. About 3,500 people had to flee their homes as the fire spread to over 6,000 acres, or about 9 and a half square miles. At least 169 homes were destroyed, and others were damaged. At one point, the plume from the fire could be seen 90 miles away. About 700 firefighters have been dispatched to battle the blaze. Thankfully, there have been no reports so far of injuries or deaths, but the damage has been so extensive that Gov. Bill Ritter has declared a state of emergency.
The Bible says that we can do a lot of damage with our tongues if we are not careful. “…Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” (James 3:5b-6).
Besides gossip, lies and threats, there are a lot of harmful words that escape from our lips. We may never know the extent of the damage we have caused with a simple, careless phrase. Let us all be diligent in trying to control the most difficult of all beasts to tame—our own tongue.