OPTIONAL PROP: Toothbrush
Who can tell me what this is? Toothpaste, that’s right. How many of you remembered to brush your teeth after breakfast this morning? Did you remember to use toothpaste?
Toothpaste is really important, isn’t it? Toothpaste has a special ingredient called fluoride in it that kills germs and keeps us from getting cavities. You have to be careful not to swallow toothpaste, though, because too much fluoride can make you sick. So it’s very important we use just enough toothpaste when we brush our teeth.
(You may pull out a toothbrush to demonstrate this paragraph visually.)
Here’s the thing about toothpaste, though. It comes in this special tube that’s designed to shrink as we use it. And once you push toothpaste out, you can’t get it back. So if we’re careful, we’ll use the right amount of toothpaste, just enough to fit on out brush. And no more. But if we squeeze too hard… oops! We’ve got a mess on our hands, and there’s nothing we can do to put that toothpaste back.
You know what this reminds me of? Our words. Sometimes it’s important to speak up and say something if someone’s in need or in trouble. But often times, we let our mouths run too fast, don’t we? Maybe you said something mean or thoughtless to a friend, or talked back to your Mom or Dad. It’s just like this toothpaste. Once those words are out, you can’t get them back. And too much can make someone sick.
The Bible says we need to be careful with our tongues. James 3:6 describes the tongue as a fire that can do all kinds of damage if we’re reckless with it. Instead, let us be as James writes in chapter 1 verse 19: “…slow to speak and slow to become angry.”