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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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November 17, 2011 - Words

By Dave Weston

Occasionally I check the dictionary for the meaning of a word. Out of curiosity I recently looked up the word “word.” I discovered that a word is a sound or a combination of sounds, or its representation in writing or printing, that symbolizes and communicates a meaning. I also Googled “word” and learned that most people speak approximately 140-160 words a minute, an average of about 16,000 a day.

The subject of words is fascinating and of considerable importance. In another book I read, “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit.” That book is the Bible, and that statement is found in Proverbs 18:21 (The Message). The NIV says it this way; “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Our choice of words is critical for many reasons, including these few:

My words reflect the condition of my heart. “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34, NIV).

I will be held accountable for careless words. “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken” (Matthew 12:36). “Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:3).

I reveal the real me by the things I say. All pretenses will eventually be unmasked by my words.

My words will affect me. They affect my attitudes, actions and deeds.

My words will impact others. My words can attack character, question integrity, negate credibility, and minimize confidence. Or they can inspire hope, courage, assurance, inspiration and perseverance.

My words are irretrievable. Yet much like a boomerang and much to my regret, some may return to me.

An old adage says, “You might as well say it as to think it.” I disagree — there are times when remaining silent is wisdom.

Here are some pertinent questions to answer: Do I need to take inventory of my choice of words? Should they be filtered more carefully? Am I guilty of careless words? Are my words poison or fruit?

I have determined to make the prayer of the Psalmist my prayer: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14, KJV).

— Dave Weston is national director of Senior Adult Ministries for the Assemblies of God.

 

 

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