Updated: Mar 29
PREPARE YOUR EARS TO LISTEN AND YOUR HEART TO RECEIVE AS YOU TAKE IN THE WORDS THAT LOOK TO CHANGE LIVES, RENEW HEARTS AND OPEN MINDS It is recommended that you go to the dentist every six months to get your teeth cleaned, as it is essential to keeping your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy. Avoiding these appointments can lead to oral health issues such as cardiovascular disease, dementia, Alzheimer's, respiratory infections, diabetes, pregnancy complications, infertility, erectile dysfunction, cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, gum disease, cavities, bad breath, and loss of teeth. This is a very concerning list to say the least so I would definitely find the time, build up the courage, and budget to see the dentist on a regular schedule.
There is something that I didn't mention in the list above when having your mouth checked out though, and that is, understanding what comes out of it besides the possible bad breath when left unchecked. Your mouth serves as the gateway to the thoughts of your mind and the passion or lack thereof in your heart.
The most valuable portion of your mouth is your tongue. It is used to speak, eat and kiss and although it is possible to talk and taste without one, there are still side effects of not having one. When one does not have a tongue, their jaws are usually smaller and some words are more difficult to pronounce which make it harder for the listener to understand and in turn could make the speaker self conscious, angry, upset, depressed, anxious or not want to speak at all. The other side effect of the tongue, when not used properly, is the power or harm that it can be used for when speaking to or about someone.
Proverbs 18:20-21 in the Bible states that "From the fruit of their mouth a person's stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied. 21. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit."
I have heard many people state that they have no filter, in which I think, is just an oversight in them, but I digress, think about the words you are putting into the atmosphere. Will the words you use be a traffic light or a roundabout?
Roger Steare the author of "Ethicability" states that the traffic light tells you when to stop and when to go. Some of the common phrases that come to mind when I think of this is when people tell you to "go back to where you came from, you can go to hell, or get away from me." Most of these phrases are commonly used when a person is upset or angry with another person and they don't want to listen to or be around that person.
The roundabout, on the other hand, requires you to exercise personal judgment about when it is safe to join the stream of traffic already on the roundabout. Negotiating a roundabout is about exercising prudence, courage, fairness and self-discipline.
So the question remains, have you checked your mouth figuratively and literally lately? We all go through something and get hurt by someone but by controlling our own actions we can make the decision not to respond with anger, animosity, bitterness, or attitude. Learn how to use the fruit of your lips to speak words of destiny and not drama or death to others. #SPEAK2MYHEART