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Making your Words Count

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BECOME A BETTER

HUSBAND, DAD, AND LEADER.

Question: How many words do you think you speak in a day?

    • I know people who only give one-word answers or at least a little more.
    • I know people who never stop talking.
    • I know some who want you to know how smart they are.
    • I know some who love to dominate the conversation.
    • I know some who love to debate or cause arguments with everyone they encounter.
    • Some are there to talk to you.
    • Some have so many sidebar stories that you forget the original point they’re trying to make.

You’ve probably heard the stat that women speak 20,000 words in a day, whereas a man says 7,000. I couldn’t find any evidence on that stat other than it was a bit made up. The common stat was that both men and women speak about 16,000 words per day. So I guess the real question is, what are you saying?

Fun Fact: blog posts, devotionals, originals, emails = 725,000+ words

What’s The Point?

I heard someone recently say he’d like to see a social platform that would only allow you to post one thing per day.

Think about that for a minute. What would that post be?

    • Food?
    • Meme?
    • Scripture?

It has become essential to be worthy of that single post, whatever it was. Sponge worthy if you get my Seinfeld reference.

Application

Now let’s apply something similar to our conversations. We don’t need to pare it down to one sentence a day. But what if we communicated at least one God Glorifying message to someone each day?

  • Instead of having to wade through someone’s agenda, rambles, or jokes, we could convey the goodness of God.
  • We could communicate how God is working in our lives.
  • We could share that we need prayer in some specific area of our lives.

These conversations don’t happen most often unless the conditions are just right, like in small groups, one-on-one, with family or friends, etc.

Truth & Grace

  • Just think if I was supposed to share Jesus with someone, but I was too busy venting or trying to be funny. What if I missed the opportunity? Let’s make our words count and Glorify God at the same time.
  • Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Challenge: Let’s choose our words a little more carefully.

1 Comment

  1. Tim

    Thank you. Great Tip.

    “×T-H-I-N-K before you speak. The next time you have one of those things you are about to say and are not sure if you really ought to say it, run through the T-H-I-N-K acronym: T—is it true? H—is it helpful? I—is it inspiring? N—is it necessary? K—is it kind?

    Maybe you’re thinking, If I lived by that principle, I wouldn’t say anything. Ever. So be it. Present your tongue to God.”

    Greg Laurie

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