Incessant Barking

Our 7-month old puppy loves to chew. When you are not petting him, he is looking for something to chew. He will eat leaves, sticks, and napkins – all the way down. A few days ago, he vomited up a water bottle cap. So when we cannot watch him, we must put him in his crate. But when we eat dinner, he will bark and bark. Sometimes, when we want to go to sleep, he will bark and bark, because he does not want to sleep. So we got him a collar that gives him a little shock when he barks. He doesn’t wear it all the time – only when we need him to be quiet so our family can function.

Sometimes, I wish I had a shock collar to control what comes out of my mouth. But I would only want it to shock me when I complain, or criticize someone unfairly, or say one of those other things that I then regret.

Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

(James 3:4-10). No device can tame our tongues. Only submitting to the word of God, and allowing God to continue to reshape our mind and character, will ever change what we say permanently. May we submit to his teaching, and may he tame our tongues.