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Can You Say It?

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the most difficult tongue twister is: "The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick." It's suggested that the difficulty of saying this correctly is tremendously increased if said quickly. Since I have a hard time saying it slowly, I'll never embarrass myself by trying to say it out loud in public. I would also suggest you quit trying to do it during class this morning. But these words, everything considered, really aren't the hardest to say. It's been my experience over the years that there are at least three other phrases people have a great more deal of trouble saying. These are: "I'm sorry," "I'm wrong," and "Please forgive me."

Why is it so hard to admit wrong in our lives, to acknowledge the hurt we've caused others or to humbly beseech another to forgive that wrong and hurt? Why is it that we would rather a barrier between us, allow troubled relationships to become irreconcilable and to die that way, than to look someone in the eye and say, "I'm sorry" for an ill-spoken word or wounding action? You know the answer as well as I do — it's the old enemy of PRIDE that keeps a lock upon the heart so that the words of contrition cannot get past our tongue.

How this enemy can build us up, convince us that we are responsible foe and answerable to no one but ourselves. PRIDE whispers to us that we are incapable of making mistakes and even if by chance we should slip up along the line, it tells us to blame someone else. The great adversary Satan can, by using PRIDE, give us a thousand arguments as to why we shouldn't attempt these "tongue twisters."

PRIDE declares that we should confess no flaw in our character, keep embarrassment to a minimum and let none discover our mistakes.  It whispers "keep your mouth shut as to owning up to the hurts and strained relationships you've caused." God says just the opposite. He says that speaking the words of repentance and making efforts at restitution and reconciliation gives life. Don't let "I'm sorry," "I'm wrong," or "Please forgive me" become tongue twisters for you. Whether you pronounce these phrases quickly or slowly really doesn't matter; what does matter in light of eternity is that you use them when the situation demands!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward