I stopped by Hy-Vee the other day to put my check in the bank. I like the convenience of having a bank branch in the grocery store, but there is a
drawback to this arrangement as well: If I’m hungry when I go to the bank, I buy food! In order to avoid this problem, I typically park on a certain end of the building and go in the doors that are
near the pharmacy, which is close to the bank. This way I don’t have to see or smell any food, I can get my banking done and get right back out. At least that’s my plan.
On this particular day, I was ambushed. I know the store manager must have been monitoring my banking activities and had rearranged his store
waiting for my arrival because when I walked through the doors there was a huge display of Twizzlers. And I have a hard time resisting Twizzlers when I’m hungry, which I was that day. And on top of
that, they were selling two packages for a special price! So I rationalized that I was hungry, and also tired so I reasoned the sugar would help me stay awake and the eating itself would keep me busy
so I wouldn’t fall asleep. (Good reasoning! After all, you can’t fall asleep while you’re eating, right?!) So I left the store with two packages of Twizzlers.
An hour or so later, (having eaten almost one whole package), I could feel my blood-sugar taking a dive and I’m not even diabetic. I knew what I
had done, I had filled up on empty calories, unwholesome calories that actually had no benefit whatsoever. Bad Lance!
Paul tells the church in Ephesus, “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.” (Eph. 4:29, NIV)
How much of our speech is really like Twizzlers: sweet and sugary, but empty calories? I wonder how much of our talk is done just to be doing something. Do we really
think about what we say? Do we really say what will build other up according to their needs? Do we even know what those needs are?
Think about it.