10-10-15 Bittersweet

Girl Sticking Out Tongue --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

James 3:8-11 KJV


It’s easier for man to tame a rock

Than teach his tongue to stop its reckless ways.

A stone can learn to sit and stay and balk,

But not the tongue; it runs for days and days.

How many times have words jumped from your mouth

That you regret the instant it is done?

A friendly conversation’s headed south

With just an unplanned phrase or bawdy pun.

If you can hesitate to choose your words,

The tongue might find some worse to say instead.

Best cut it out and feed it to the birds

Or keep a clean, blank slate within your head.

The mind of Christ is possible to gain:

It takes complete surrender to attain.

7-1-14 Dirge #16: The Reckless


“I know it’s risky, but man it looks fun!” said the young man to all his friends;

He climbed to the top of the tower and danced, ’til he slipped and fell down to his end.

Beware, careless lad, you have died for a fad!

You wasted your life, caused your family great strife,

And destroyed all the futures you had!

“Give me that spice, I’ll just hit it twice,” drawled the woman at the steering wheel,

She then got so high she forgot where she was, and they crashed and died buried in steel.

Beware, reckless fool, headstrong like a mule!

You sure did get higher, now your feet’s in the fire;

What you did was thoughtless and cruel!

“How dare they insult me; let’s go forth to war!” cried the King to the room full of men;

Impulsive and rash, so now thousands were killed; leaders do it again and again.

Go away, you are rash, now two countries are ash!

You have got Hell to pay, and there you will stay

With the others whose teeth grind and gnash!

Head to the cross before it’s too late, lay your burdens at Christ’s perfect feet.

If you seek adventure there’s no better venture than sharing the gospel complete.

There is so much to do for your Saviour it’s true.

Please be careful and wise, let the Spirit advise!


1 “But know this: Difficult times will come in the last days.

2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud,

blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,

3 unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self control,

brutal, without love for what is good,

4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasures

rather than lovers of God,

5 holding to the form of godliness but denying its power.

Avoid these people!”


2 Timothy 3:1-5 (HCS)