No amount of money can buy back words, time, or heartbeats. So, say what you mean, watch the clock, and savor every breath.

Proverbs 11:28

We live in a send it back world.

We expect things to be exactly as we want them. And when they’re not – we send it back.

Imagine you just got a new pair of shoes. They’re the perfect color. You love the way they’re made and how they look on your feet.

But there’s only one problem.

They don’t fit…

So, what do you do?

You send ’em back to Amazon or, if you’re like a shrinking number of people these days, you get in your little vehicle and take ’em back.

Of course, the smart shopper these days simply buys three pair… That way, you feel reasonably comfortable that one of them will fit.

And the other two?

You send ’em back.

Our food choices are no different.

I eat my steak rare. My wife likes hers cooked medium-well.

What happens if we’re eating at a restaurant and the waiter brings our steak and it’s not cooked according to our order?

We send it back.

Today’s Tiny Words. Big Life. quote reminds us there are some things we can’t send back and should take great care in getting them right the first and only time we have them.

Words. Time. Heartbeats.

You can’t “unsay” something, even if you say, “I take that back.” – that horse has left the barn… And don’t bother with rewinding (or resetting) your watch because you’re not going to be able to relive a single second of any day. And finally, those squiggly lines on the EKG machine that roll by as you and your doctor watch them, know this… they’re gone and they ain’t comin’ back.

Today’s Tiny Words. Big Life. Bible verse finds King Solomon telling us the things that we should value. And by the way, not one of those are things we can take back.

The Tiny Words. Big Life. takeaway is this: Pray to value things that you cannot buy. Pray that your tongue speaks words of love, patience, and understanding. Pray to enjoy the blessings you’re given and thank God for all you have.

And the next time you decide to pony up $50 for a fine steak dinner and it’s overcooked, remind the waiter that you just bought three pair of shoes and you have no intention of eating something that reminds you of leather!

And then, with all the love, patience, and understanding you can muster, say these words…

“Take it back!”

Proverbs 11:28

Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.


  1. jswearen on August 2, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    The wounds caused by words that should have never been spoken are often the deepest wounds one can get (or give).