«A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks» (Luke 6:45).
IT WAS SUMMER 2010, and my children and I were very happy because we were finally going on vacation. We woke up quite early on the day of the trip, since the distance to Nicaragua was great. We were going to enjoy several days in the beautiful region of Montelimar. It was not until we were well into the trip that I realized that my daughter did not have a single swimsuit in her suitcase, and that my son had packed very few t-shirts and lots of shorts, just the opposite of what it should have been.
I regretted I had not prepared the luggage well, and realizing that we really lacked things we were going to need, had to make the decision to stop along the way to buy some clothes. This made me think about how I am managing the preparation I need for eternal life. Am I making it a priority? Or am I allowing the cares of daily life to steal the time I should use to analyze, make decisions, and adapt my character to the requirements God has for me?
Our character is the only thing we will take to heaven, so that is what I have to work on and cultivate as I go through this earth. Are you doing that? Do you feel the desire within you to be more mature each day, especially in those aspects to which the gospel calls us? The greatest test of what is in your heart (that is, in your mind, in your character) is what comes out of your mouth (your words, your topics of conversation, even your silence when you should speak). Analyzing what you say or hold back is a good first step to take the pulse of your character. The rest is a matter of getting started—always, of course, asking for God’s help.
Today I share a first example with you. These are not my words; they are the words of Eleanor Roosevelt: «Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.» Avoid speaking about others and try to make your words help others to think, especially about questions of spiritual importance. Have a converted tongue that reveals a converted character.