Oh Be Careful Little Fingers What You Say

When I was a very young child, I learned a little song in Sunday School.

Oh be careful little eyes what you see,
Oh be careful little eyes what you see,
For the Father up above is looking down in love,
So be careful little eyes what you see.

Oh be careful little ears what you hear,
Oh be careful little ears what you hear,
For the Father up above is looking down in love,
So be careful little ears what you hear.

Oh be careful little mouth what you say,
Oh be careful little mouth what you say,
For the Father up above is looking down in love,
So be careful little mouth what you say.

Oh be careful little hands what you do,
Oh be careful little hands what you do,
For the Father up above is looking down in love,
So be careful little hands what you do.

Oh be careful little feet where you go,
Oh be careful little feet where you go,
For the Father up above is looking down in love,
So be careful little feet where you go.

The lesson of this song is obvious. We need to carefully consider our actions so that they might be pleasing to God. I think in this era of cyberspace there needs to be a new verse written. It should go something like this:

Oh be careful little fingers what you type,
Oh be careful little fingers what you type,
For the Father up above is looking down in love,
So be careful little fingers what you type.

If you have ever tried to speak with someone who doesn't speak the same language as you or tried to communicate with someone who is mute, you know people use a lot more than words to communicate. In addition to words, we use other communication tools such as facial expressions, our eyes, tone of voice and body language. This poses a problem when we communicate via cyberspace. In most cases you are communicating solely through the written word. Since the reader is unable to see or hear you and you are unable to see or hear the reader, misunderstandings can often take place. This means we must use a great deal of care when we are communicating via cyberspace.

Here are a few tips to help avoid misunderstandings:

  1. Pray before you write. This will help you organize your ideas and convey them in a way which is pleasing to God. It goes without saying that if you let God inspire you, what you say will come across much more effectively.

  2. Choose your words carefully.Do your words build up and encourage or are they destructive?

  3. Read what you have written before publishing it. Actually, you should read it aloud to yourself if possible. Put yourself in the place of the reader and ask yourself these questions:


    How would you react if someone else had written this?

Is that the kind of reaction you want the reader to have? Reading your blog or comments aloud also will help you proofread and polish your writing more effectively.

  1. Give the writer the benefit of the doubt. Before commenting on a blog, you might want to ask the writer a question instead of making a comment. It could be a simple misunderstanding of what was written or perhaps the author did not communicate as well as they could have. Sometimes asking for clarification within a blog is not appropriate. Perhaps your concern is in regards to a comment made within a blog rather than with the blog itself. If the writer of the comment in question is on your friends list, ask them about it. I had this happen to me once. I had written a blog about the same time one of the people on my friends list had. I hadn't seen their blog yet. They wrote to ask me if I had written what I said in response to what they had written. I assured them I had not. I read their blog and saw how things had been misconstrued and offered to make corrections so there would be no confusion. I really appreciated that friend approaching me about it. If you can't contact them directly and commenting within the blog is not appropriate, you may want to report the comment. That leads to my next tip.

  2. Report blogs or comments you are concerned about. There's nothing wrong with having the appropriate third party at Christianblog.com review blogs or comments. Another pair of eyes is a good way to ensure that something is looked at objectively. They may agree with you and then take the appropriate steps to correct the situation. They may decide that most people would not see it from your point of view and it is okay for things to remain as they are. At least you had the opportunity to express your opinion in a way that is not destructive to the parties involved and can move on.

These are just a few things I thought about in order to help my fingers to be careful about what they say.[bible]James 3:5-9[/bible] We would do well to remember that in our day and age this holds true for our fingers as well!

K :princess: