James offers us some sound advice on choosing the words we say wisely. Our words define us, by what we say as well as how our language matches up with our actions. Leonardo Di Vinci’s Vitruvian Man inspired this week’s drawing. I chose to base this sketch on Di Vinci’s drawing of a “perfect” man (though I admit it is a very poor interpretation of Di Vinci’s creation!) to give the image a twist of irony. The otherwise perfect human specimen, divided by the words inside him. Not just the words he speaks, but also the words spoken to him create this division. Love and hate existing simultaneously within a façade of perfection.
James 3:9-10 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.