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“Time Out” Your Tongue

Most people who work with kids have learned the value of “Time Out.” It’s a discipline tool that requires a child to sit out of group or play activities for some period of time after violating a rule or demonstrating bad attitudes or bad behavior. The goal is to help them reflect on what they’ve done and to be better in the future.

Sometimes us adults need “time outs” too. It’s especially true when it comes to our words. We need to “time out our tongue.”

Think about all the pain and trouble caused by inconsiderate words? How many homes are plagued by problems rooted in unruly tongues? How many work places are unproductive and unpleasant because of verbal snipers, behind-the-back assaulters and catty commenters?

Here’s some good advice (actually some “God advice”):

Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble. — Proverbs 21:23 (NLT)

Watch your words and hold your tongue; you’ll save yourself a lot of grief. — Proverbs 21:23 (Message)

The next time you feel the:

  • Need to retort.
  • Urge to gossip.
  • Desire to dismiss or diminish someone’s success.
  • Temptation to twist the truth.
  • Delight in dominating conversations.
  • Press to express your opinionated opinions.
  • Prodding to verbally pass on your judgments.
  • Anticipated pleasure of “speaking your mind.”

Send your tongue to “time out!”

Dale O'Shields

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About Dale O'Shields

Dale O’Shields is the founding and Senior Pastor of four campuses in Maryland, just north of the greater Washington, DC area.

Dale O’Shields is known for his relevant teaching style focused on practical application in people’s lives. His messages are regularly broadcast on radio and television. He is also the author of several books, devotionals and group study guides.

Dale O’Shields is a frequent conference speaker with a passion for leadership development and church growth. He has served as the Senior Pastor of a thriving local church for over 25 years. His heart to equip and encourage pastors and church leaders has led him to be a key founder of United Pastors Network.

Dale O’Shields has been involved in pastoral ministry since 1978, serving previously as Director of Campus Ministries and as an adjunct instructor at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. He and his wife Terry have two married daughters and seven grandchildren.

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19425 Woodfield Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20879


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