Maxwell’s (the pig) latest is currently my favorite GEICO commercial. He appears sensible, astute, and reserved here. That’s not always the case for him. Nonetheless, I enjoy his interaction with the flight attendants. Did you catch the last couple of seconds and the final remark by flight attendant two? “I’ll believe it when pigs fly,” she replies as she walks away. You’re caught off guard. The tell all is when Maxwell turns to a fellow passenger and says, “Okay, did she seriously just say that?” The passenger rolls his eyes and shrugs in response.
Maxwell really has me thinking about the power of words. Have you ever blurted out a flippant or frivolous remark in response to a statement or comment? I have. And of course like you, it wasn’t meant to intentionally offend, but it did. Sometimes we’re aware and other times we’re oblivious to the impact of our words. Maxwell is a good reminder of the need to guard the conversation and filter our response. Even something stated in simple jest can inflict injury. James reminds us of the power of the tongue. Proverbs 13:2 states, “The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; the one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” Let’s choose our words wisely, appropriately, and intentionally.