the baby and the bathwater

Wisdom 1: Choosing Words Carefully
February 25, 2009, 8:54 am
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The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin (Proverbs 10:8)

Words are powerful. Chosen carefully, and delivered in the right way, they have the ability to change the course of history. Whether it’s the speeches of Martin Luther King, of Winston Churchill, or Ghandi, great words endure from generation to generation and somehow manage to keep their life and influence well beyond the circumstances they were originally intended to address.

We need to choose our words carefully.

Badly chosen words have the ability to destroy. The wrong words said at the wrong moment, without enough thought, can cut to the heart of people and leave them broken. Ill-informed and poorly delivered words can endure just as much as great words well delivered can.

We need to choose our words carefully.

Our words need to come under the authority of Jesus, just as much as our actions. The wise heart accepts His kingship over their utterances as well as their activities. And, in the words of many a parent spoken over their children, this can be as straightforward as ‘thinking before we speak’. We need to consider who will read our facebook pages before we write on them. We need to think who will be clicking on to our blogs before we post opinions. We need to think who could be in earshot when we discuss things with our friends or colleagues. We need to be incredibly thoughtful in anything we speak over our children, or let them read, or let them hear.

We need to choose our words carefully.

Chattering fools exist everywhere. They exist on the TV, they exist in the newspaper columns, they exist in the political arena, they exist in the boardroom, they even exist in the pulpit. And they all too often cause destruction with badly chosen words.

Let’s become distinctive amongst them by choosing our words carefully.


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