Bob Chilton | October 23rd, 2020

Let's talk "tracers." Tracers are projectiles (bullets & cannon caliber ammunition) with a small pyrotechnic charge in their base. It ignites and burns very brightly when fired and makes the projectiles trajectory visible to the naked eye. They are usually loaded as the fifth round in a rapid shooting firearm like a machine gun. The path they leave can then help to point out where that ammunition is landing in relation to the target. They help the shooter to make adjustments in their aim, even without using the sights on the weapon.

So what, you say?

I wish to make the analogy of our words spoken to people, especially our brothers and sisters, are like tracers. Just like tracers, we need to monitor our words with the concern of where they are landing and their effect on others. The U.S. Army Ordnance states, "Tracers work both ways." They identify the weaponized person as well as their target. Once bullets are fired, they cannot be recalled and the tracers pinpoints their target. Accidental shootings can still injure, maim and kill a target - that is true, but the words we "shoot" from our mouths, more often than not, aren't accidental but are intentional.

And what do we use to fire these tracers? Most of the time it is disagreements of opinions. Remember that ordnance - tracers work both ways, let me add to that..."if that person is within range, SO ARE YOU." Your "tracers" may set you up as a "target."

Watch our words, just like tracers, they go to where they are aimed and that they don't make us a target for someone else's "tracers." (Matt. 12:37... "For by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned.")