Tube of Toothpaste. What is that? Just imagine that the above is a glob of toothpaste. Squirt out the whole tube onto a paper plate. And then you have to put the toothpaste back into the tube!!! That is a silly thing to do. Not when you look at it as an analogy of WORDS. This wonderful lady did this to her daughter going into Middle School.
IT IS A LIFE LESSON
You will remember this plate of toothpaste for the rest of your life. Your words have the power of life or death. As you go into middle school, you are about to see just how much weight your words carry. You are going to have the opportunity to use your words to hurt, demean, slander, and wound others. You are also going to have the opportunity to use your words to heal, encourage, inspire, and love others. You will occasionally make the wrong choice. I can think of 3 times this week I have used my own words carelessly and caused harm. Just like this toothpaste once the words leave your mouth you cannot take them back. Use your words carefully. When others are misusing their words, guard your words. Make the choice every morning that life-giving words will come out of your mouth. Decide tonight that you are going to be a life-giver in Middle School. Be known for your gentleness and compassion.
Life goes fast – just like it was yesterday and you were in Kindergarten. And now you are going into Middle School. You always have a choice, use that choice wisely every day. However, there are mistakes now and then so do not beat yourself up just try to use those Wise words. No one is perfect. And we all have a bad day once in a while.