A very small rudder

“Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.” James 3:3

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Ever notice how some people always seem to have the right words to say? I know someone whose very presence speaks grace, love, and acceptance. Her words steer the attitude of the room in a good direction.

As a small rudder steers a big ship, so the tongue steers the direction of life. Control the rudder and control the ship. Control the tongue and control life’s destination.

It sounds simple enough, but how do we control the unruly tongue? Only God could do such a thing.

It seems we must get to the source of the flowing spring of words—the heart. Change the heart and change what streams out of it. Change what streams out and chart a new course for the day, the relationship…the life.

Then yes, Lord, change my heart. Fill me with your compassions and mercies. May they flow freely and guide this ship through an ocean of grace.

“…For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:34

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About Patty Perkins

I'm Patty, writer of the devotional blog, Beside Quiet Waters. I love writing, reading and taking long walks with my camera. I've been married to my loving husband for 32 years and we have two grown sons. I am thankful for a place to spill ink, in hopes of encouraging others to find daily hope and inspiration in God's Word. View all posts by Patty Perkins

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