One of the great nuances of the game of baseball is the endless chatter that occurs between pitches. Listen for it the next time you go to a high school or college game. Encouragement in the form of little sayings no one really understands pours from the mouths of infielders toward their pitcher. Chants and random noise overflows from the dugout toward their hitter. Last-second coaching tips are lobbed toward players from the coaching box. Who says baseball is a boring game!!!

Most of the chatter that comes between pitches is meaningless and innocent, albeit voluminous.

Some chatter, however, is not so meaningless and innocent, especially when it is voluminous.

Proverbs 13:3–“The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; the one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin” (NASB).

Our words are powerful and we can never get them back. That includes the words you speak, the ones you text, tweet, or post on Facebook. Think long and hard about what impact they will have on others, on your reputation, and on your Lord.

Let’s be honest, not everything needs to be spoken, texted, tweeted, or put on Facebook. Have you submitted these areas to the Lord?

Here’s a prayer:

Jesus, I want you to be Lord even of my words. Help me to guard my mouth, my texts, my Tweets, and my Facebook posts. May I not lead myself to ruin through these and may I not bring shame and dishonor to you through them. Amen.