I remember a conversation I once had with a teammate as we were getting dressed for basketball practice in elementary school. He said, “I’m going to make sure I keep my tongue straight this year.” I thought that he was going to try to stop cussing. He did have a tendency to say a bad word every now and then. Then it occurred to me that he was talking about the tongue on his basketball shoes! We both had a laugh when I told him about my initial confusion.
The tongues on those sneakers did have a mind of their own. They would really get out of shape if you didn’t keep a close watch on them.
The same can be said for the human tongue. We have the capability to say some unholy things from time to time. Better keep an eye on that!
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”—Ephesians 4:29.