«Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles» (Proverbs 21:23).
José Doroteo Arango Arámbula, better known as Pancho Villa, was born on July 5, 1878, in La Coyotada (Durango, Mexico). To this day, his name is a cause for controversy. Villa survived as a bandit, thief, highway robber, cattle thief and, later on, as the creator of the most spectacular network of smuggling in the service of a revolution, from the organized robbery of cattle. When the Mexican Revolution erupted (1910), he joined the movement of Francisco I. Madero, with whom he would break ties sometime later. He became one of the most effective revolutionary leaders in northern Mexico and highly popular among the less-favored sectors of society.
But the Mexican revolutionary liked to be accompanied by journalists, whom he gave several interviews to, and writers who narrated his feats; he even signed a contract with a Hollywood film company to film his battles, for which his troops received new uniforms in order to achieve a better image. After several years of fighting, Villa agreed to retire in 1920 when he reached an agreement with the government and then went to his hacienda in Canutillo, in Parral (Chihuahua, Mexico). However, during an interview he granted in June 1922 to Regino Hernandez Llergo, a journalist from Mexico City, he made reckless remarks: «I am a real soldier. I can mobilize forty thousand soldiers in forty minutes.» In addition, he suggested that Adolfo de la Huerta, who had already occupied the presidency of the nation, «would not look bad» occupying the post again. According to several historians, that day Villa signed his death sentence. They were moments of great political instability, so the words of the centaur of the north were added to other circumstances to disturb a lot of political sectors of the country. On July 20, 1923, Pancho Villa was gunned down in Parral. There is no doubt that Pancho Villa had enough enemies who wanted to see him dead, however, it is likely that if he had been more cautious in his remarks he would not have made the political scene so tense.
Rarely do we think about the consequences that some comments we make will have. The truth is that the inability to control our words can get us in serious trouble and can even cost us our own lives. Hence the great importance of learning to be cautious and careful with this gift that Heaven has given us.
Today ask the Lord to teach you to cultivate your own self-control when it comes to speaking.