Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
Proverbs 13:3 NIV
The Regiment of Canadian Guards was an infantry regiment of the Canadian Army. It was formed on October 16, 1953, by Lieutenant-General Guy Simonds, the Chief of the General Staff of the Canadian Army. The regiment pioneered what is now the changing of the Ceremonial Guard in Ottawa, with the first such ceremony to take place in the country being performed by the regiment on Dominion Day in 1959 when the 1st Battalion mounted the new guard on Parliament Hill with its band and corps of drums.
I had a teacher in public school who used to counsel, “Put your brain in gear before you put your mouth in motion.” It was wise counsel that we should heed. When we don’t, we often find ourselves saying things that we later regret and that gets us in trouble. That has become even more pronounced in this day of social media. But my teacher wasn’t the first to give this wise counsel. King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 13:3: “Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.” Isn’t it amazing how such ancient wisdom is so relevant in a day that is far different from that in which King Solomon lived. Society may change but human nature doesn’t. How many people’s lives, families and careers have been ruined because of something that was posted online, something that was tweeted or put up on Tik Tok. How many young people’s lives have been ruined, or worse, because of a photo they have texted to someone they thought they could trust. We need to heed the counsel of King Solomon – guard your lips, and your posts. You will preserve your life.
These have been words from the heart.