Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Overflow of the Heart

Tuesday is our library day, so yesterday we trotted off to our local church library and hung out awhile. I just love our church library. It's actually not our own church, but a Bible church a couple blocks away. But I'm getting sidetracked.
While the kids were picking out their three books apiece (had to make a limit; it was getting out of hand), I picked up an Anita Renfroe DVD. Anita is a Christian comedian; famous for her Mommy rendition of the William Tell Overture. (I blogged it once, but now I can't find it. Sorry.)
As I was watching this comedy act, which was all about motherhood, I started noticing that she never had anything positive to say about children. She joked about the pains and discomforts of pregnancy and birth and the unfairness that it's women who have to give birth rather than men. I was thinking: Unfair? It's a privilege!
But I kept watching.
Then I started noticing that she never had anything positive to say about husbands. But she did occasionally mention that having children is a beautiful thing and children are a blessing. But everything else she said completely contradicted those truths.

Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. ~Luke 6:45

In the end, what you say you believe doesn't matter at all. It's what you say that matters. There are many people who profess to be Christians, but the bitterness that comes so easily out of their mouth testifies otherwise. There are many women who profess to love their children, but the way they speak to their children testifies otherwise.
Fill your heart with truth by spending time in God's Word every day. Then the abundance of your heart will be love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22).
The less time you spend in God's Word, the more self-centered your thoughts and thus words, will become.


MommaofMany said...

I love this! I have noticed this in her comedy, too, so didn't ever watch much of it. Clean doesn't mean wholesome!!

"Let the words of my mouth, the dedications of my heart be acceptable, be acceptable"~from Ps. 19:14 and also a song we sing in church.

RobinC said...

I had a similar experience recently with a different female Christian comedian. After about 15 minutes of no one laughing - my 15dd and 13ds looking at me with questions in their eyes, you know, like, "um mom, this is funny?"
I finally gave up and turned it off. In that 15 minutes she managed to completely tear apart men, motherhood, children and share about her battle with depression. It made me sick to my stomach to realize that 10 years ago I would have thought she was hysterically funny - but that was before the Lord got a hold of me and changed my heart. I would have missed out on so much!! His grace is amazing!

Dusti said...

Thank you for speaking up on this Ginger, I think of the verse MommaofMany posted is very applicable to this situation. It is sad that destruction by the tongue is so thick in the church these days.