Typically, the term calamity occurs in a negative manner. However, Martha Jane Canary was the exception to this rule, developing the nickname of Calamity Jane. Making a name as a dare devil in the late 1800’s, Jane joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. This new name stuck and transformed her reputation from a professional scout to a woman who showed compassion to the poor.
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity, Proverbs 21:23.
According to King Solomon, possessing strong opinions can be dangerous. Some individuals tend to talk to much and others spit venomous words from within their mouths. Subsequently, those who do not practice self-control will reap calamity upon themselves. Anyone who talks all the time will try the patience of those who listen. Meanwhile, people who apply an unfiltered tongue will make enemies along the way, causing listeners to react often in revenge.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things, Philippians 4:8.
The apostle Paul provides a blue print for escaping calamity. The choice is simple, stay positive and turn enemies into friends by using uplifting words. However, this must not be contrived or fake. Rather, when you have a chance to encourage someone, be genuine and real. When others around you try to put fuel on the fire with sarcasm or teasing, learn to control your tongue to escape calamity. Or else calamity will find you, fulfilling the principle of you reap what you sow.
by Jay Mankus