Did you watch the presidential debate last night? If you did you probably needed some Advil before bed.
What did we hear?
It made my stomach hurt.
“Did you know women use approximately 20,000 words a day and men use about 7,000 words. I was explaining this to my in- laws during a visit a few years ago. As my mother-in-law and I were talking across the table, my father-in-law leaned in and whispered to my husband, “I think Christy has used up her 20,000 words today (it was still early morning). Okay maybe I use 30,000 words. I’ve always thought of myself as exceptional! My husband just says that I was vaccinated with a phonograph needle.”
These are words I wrote in a post a few years ago, and in light of what I watched last night it felt like it needed a revisit.
Society says money is power but the Bible tells us words have more power, the power to give life or death. (Proverbs 18:21 The Message)
Hey, and it’s not just the spoken word, it is the words we say behind a computer screen, the window of a car, and emails we think no one else will see. Yes, the dreaded emails….!
If this election cycle has done anything good it has put the power of words, written and otherwise, into perspective .
You and I have more power in our words than money can ever buy us. We already know what the presidential candidates are doing with this power of the tongue but what are you and I doing with it?
In order for me to know, I have to ask myself, a couple of questions.
1. How much life have I given today?
2. Have my words added happiness and multiplied joy or have they subtracted and divided?
What does the math say?
So many of us let words just tumble out of our mouths sometimes without considering how they will affect those around us.
There’s a reason a friend gave me a towel that says, “Forgive me for what I said when I was hangry.”
But really should I be making excuses or should I be asking God for help?
God’s Word reminds me, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out for your own interests but take an interest in others, too.” Philippians 2:3-4
What if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took those words to heart?
Maybe we’d wake up to words of healing instead of havoc.
Yeah, I know I’m dreaming.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Proverbs 18:21
Looking forward, pressing on, and seeking God in every bump and twist in the road.