In Ephesians 4, The Apostle Paul wrote, “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” (Ephesians 4:29).

Not long ago, Josh Stearns, a father of two young sons living in western Massachusetts, posted photos of a set of LEGO stickers on his Tumblr account. Stearns, who had just begun introducing the “diminutive building blocks” to his 4-year-old son, was appalled by the image of a hard-hatted construction worker shouting “HEY BABE” and waving at an unseen passerby.

While it does not sound like much, the young father of two said, “I was so disappointed to see the brand affiliated with a product that normalized street harassment and cat-calling.” Since the posting, Mr. Stearns has received apology letters from Executives at LEGO who also said they have discontinued the label. So, good for that young father for pointing out something that just was not right and also to LEGO for apologizing for something that just should not be promoted.

Now, I wondered about our words. If all of our words were displayed on stickers or billboards for people to read each day, would people approve or complain in disgust and dissatisfaction? Are there things we say in a day that cross the line or for that matter set a bad example for our families and coworkers?

Today, do not let anything unwholesome come out of your mouth. Be willing to apologize if you make a mistake. Listen if/when others point out things that need to be corrected in your behaviors, and stand up for what is right.

Think about it, and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D