By Kelly Wise Legg

Now that summer has been in full swing for a few months, most of us have been outside playing and have gotten bit by a mosquito. Mosquitos use their mouths to bite us. When a mosquito bites, it leaves a small bump that itches.

Did you know that our mouths can be used in the same way a mosquito’s mouth is used?  Our words can even be more hurtful than a mosquito bite. The Bible tells us that our tongue is described as a sharpened razor. Our tongues can hurt people’s feelings and even make them cry.

Just like getting bit by those pesky mosquitos can hurt and itch, mean words can hurt our family and friends and sometimes that can last much longer than a mosquito bite.

Ladybugs are very different than mosquitoes. People don’t mind having them around. Ladybugs are gentle and they actually are helpful to other plants.

You can help people by doing nice things for them, but you can also be helpful by saying kind things and giving compliments to people.

So, when you are talking to your family or your friends, remember to be like a ladybug instead of a mosquito. God wants us to use our words to be helpful to others in order to show everyone God’s love.

BIBLE VERSE: Proverbs 12:18 – “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

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Kelly Legg has been writing for the Osprey Observer as a freelance writer for three years, and has recently taken on the role of managing editor for the Christian Voice newspaper. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications. She currently resides in Riverview with her husband and three children.