You’ve probably seen the TV commercial about the group sitting around a table, completing a conversation with the boss via. Phone conference, and hitting the mute button to trash talk him. Just at that moment, a technician walks in to explain that he is there to fix the broken mute key. Uh-oh! Bad career move! Undo
In real life this past week, five of us were around a table, completed a phone conference with a person. And thought we had ended and hung up. Then we heard his voice! “You guys may need to hang up on your end,” he said. “I seem to be having trouble disconnecting.”
Maybe that’s why an online article from CNN caught my eye the next day. It was about a new feature called “Undo Send” that Google’s Gmail is developing.
When someone composes an e-mail and hits the send button, an “Undo” button will pop. Onto the screen for five seconds. Clicking it retrieves the e-mail in draft form and lets the author correct spelling, edit content, or simply cancel the message altogether.
Don’t you wish you had a feature like that on your tongue! I could have used it countless times to save myself embarrassment, to keep from offending, to just keep my big mouth shut—instead of firing back some angry or hateful line.
I admit to having learned a few things from living. One of them has to do with the importance of putting a bridle on my tongue.
My mother used to tell me to count to ten before speaking. (She saw my need early. I seldom got past about three or four.) I learned the hard way that she had given me some really good advice.
As you get ready to begin a new week, think about the value “Undo Send” could have for your electronic communications. Make a firm resolve to use its verbal equivalent in your workplace, family and church this week. And pray for God to give you the restraint to follow through with your commitment.
“If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless” (James 1:26 NLT).