In seminary, my dear friend Alisa shared her checklist for loving speech: Is what I am about to say true? Is it helpful? Is it kind? Too often, what I say *almost* fulfills one of those three standards – too seldom does it fulfill all three. In the new year, I am going to try to do a better job of speaking thoughtfully – of pausing before I speak to ask if I am being truthful, helpful, and kind. Lord, help my words to witness rightly to your Word. Amen.