We speak anywhere from 120 to 150 words per minute.
I tend to speak fast.
I’m afraid if I slow down, I’ll get bored and check out. Ha!
I’m more engaged when listening to a speaker who pushes the pace.
It motivates me to pay closer attention.
The “Love Chapter” (1 Corinthians 13) from the English Standard
Version of the Bible is a little more than 280 words. I timed myself
and can read it out loud in 57 seconds. So what does this mean?
Absolutely nothing. Ha! I just find it interesting.
We’re consumed with words—verbally and written. Oftentimes, we
can almost “read words” from people’s eyes and mannerisms even
though they haven’t spoken audibly.
Because words can be so powerful, let’s determine to examine how
we choose to use them. Think about it: You can actually help
someone have a better day simply by the words you offer them.
On the other hand, you can ruin someone’s day by using demeaning
words. So it’s our choice, isn’t it? Will we choose to build up or tear
“Gentle words cause life and health”
(Proberbs 15:4 The Living Bible).
From reading the Bible, we can tell that Jesus was extremely careful
with His words. He didn’t use them flippantly.
Before using your words, consider these three things:
1. Is what you’re about to say true?
2. Will what you say cast a shadow on someone or create
doubt in the listener’s mind?
3. Is what you’re saying necessary?
I really admire a friend of mine who just doesn’t say negative things
about people. It’s always a joy to be around her.
In a culture where we’re often around people who talk A LOT,
it’s refreshing to be with this friend who uses her words carefully and
uses them to affirm and encourage.
Let’s memorize this Scripture together:
“Evil words destroy; godly skill rebuilds”
(Proverbs 11:9 The Living Bible).
I’m speaking in Aurora, CO this weekend.
Will you pray that God will use my words to glorify Him?