I think the best ballpark food I’ve eaten was in Baltimore. Between Boog’s BBQ in right field, the cinnamon pretzels in the concourse, and the loaded Italian sausages all over, Camden Yards is not just a great place to watch a game. It’s a great place to eat.
Each time I’ve been there, I’m satisfied with the ballpark I’ve seen and the ballpark food I’ve eaten.
What enters my mouth is always great at the ballpark. But what about what comes out of it?
What if you and I had to eat our words at the ballpark instead of a cinnamon pretzel?
What if what we said from the stands, in the dugout, to our players, to the umpires, to the coaches…what if that’s what we had to eat? I’d rather eat the dirt or the turf.
Proverbs 18:20–“With the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied; he will be satisfied with the product of his lips.”
The bottom line? We are responsible for every word we say. Every. Word.
The Bible has much to say about this.
Words have power.
Words reveal our hearts.
Words can’t be taken back.
Words hit their target.
Words can, however, satisfy, as this verse says. They can bring us joy and encouragement. They can bring healing to those who hear them.
In reality, we do eat our words. They will either be dirt or a cinnamon pretzel. We would do well, then, to choose them wisely.
Lord Jesus, live through me in such a way that my words are satisfying to me and those who receive them. Amen.