With the passing of the holidays comes another long good-bye to a beloved fruit- holiday grapes. If you are unfamiliar, let me introduce you. Holiday grapes are large, purple and very sweet; fruit baskets usually use them. I know which stores carry this treat and take several bags off their hands.
After the passing of holiday grapes I become, I confess, a grape tester. I don’t want to pay the big bucks for fresh fruit that will just shrivel up in the fridge. My taste buds do not response well to tart foods be they fruit, candy, or lemonade. If it isn’t sweet, I don’t want it!
As I read in Proverbs, I found a verse that challenges my love for sweet fruit.
“From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.” Proverbs 18:20
Perhaps this is where the phrase “eat your words” is rooted. If I don’t want to eat tart, bitter, or rotten fruit, then I need to speak encouraging, wholesome, and wise words.
Lord, I want my words to be sweet since I will eat the harvest of them. Guard may mouth. Help me to control my tongue. Help me hold back words today that want to escape but don’t need to. May I be an encourager. Amen