E-mails, text messages, and other forms of instant communication have become pervasive parts of our lives. Many people check their e-mail several times each day, and are able to be in almost constant contact with family and friends through text or instant messaging. Although I have no doubt that much of it does serve a good and necessary purpose, we should be careful that all of this instant communication doesn't undermine our good judgement and circumspection, simply because it is so easy to hit the "Send" button. It is so easy to write a short nasty note and hit the send button before we really have time to reflect on it. Mark Twain once said that when he was tempted to write someone an angry letter, he would do so, but then place the letter on the mantle for three days. If at the end of three days, he was still angry then he would send the letter. If not, he would discard the letter. And surprisingly, even today, similar guidelines for our electronic messages would be prudent. This also applies to the various messages, political comments and pictures we forward to others. Many of these may be highly offensive to some people and of very dubious value. We should think, reflect, and wait before we send poison pen letters or other questionable articles.If any one thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this man's religion is vain.

R.S.V. James 1:26

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