I work closely with a woman who struggles to tell the truth. I’m not saying she lies about everything, but our perceptions of most events are vastly different. She recounts incidents with coworkers without remembering that I was there at the time, and the tone of voice/motivations/actual words are completely different than what I heard, with the villain sounding downright evil and her role completely innocent.
I was wary of this person at first, noticing her propensity for drama, but now I know that I cannot count on anything that is said as being accurate. I cringe to think of the words that she puts into my mouth when I’m not there. Sometimes I can feel the tension in the air between myself and another, and wonder what has been said on my behalf.
What can I learn from this relationship? I am reminded of the importance of my words, to be mindful that what I am saying is true, and to handle other peoples’ words with extreme care. I don’t want to misrepresent myself or others, and I want people to be able to believe that what they hear me say is the truth.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, Oh Lord, my Strength and Redeemer. Psalm 19:14