When I was in my early teens growing up in this area (Reston, VA), my best friend and I would often get bored. There was no internet and the primary video game that did exist was called "Pong", which consisted of 2 lines on opposite sides of the screen, that tried to hit a little "ball" shaped more like a small square. Controls only allowed players to move the line (paddle) two directions (up or down) and the graphics were poor, with only two colors.  In addition, parents back in the 1970's and '80's had a low tolerance for kids who watched too much television (besides the fact that there were only about 5 primary channels). Most parents constantly said the same thing, "Turn off the TV and go outside and play." 

And so, growing up in Reston, I was constantly outside with my friend Ed Pelzner, looking for something to do. Development was new at that time and the local population was lacking. This led to lots of farms and forests and much more wildlife. Part of that wildlife included snakes. For some reason my friend and I took an interest in snakes and would go hunting for them. We discovered early in the hobby that among the many species of snakes slithering around the area, there was primarily only one that was venomous: The Copperhead Snake (Pic above). If you have a fear of snakes, don't be alarmed, in all my years hunting for snakes, we only came across three of them and they are not aggressive at all. 

James speaks of a deadly poison that is much more prevalent and impacts every human. "No human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” (James 3:8) How well are you doing, when it comes to controlling or taming your tongue? James says that this job is impossible in our own human effort.