Words can be a power for good – or they can be a power for evil. James G Keller
Much wisdom often goes with the fewest words… Sophocles
Gentle words calm tense situations, but harsh words cut like whips… Leland Wood
Words are amazing tools; without them life would be extremely difficult. They allow us to effectively communicate to those around us. Whether written or spoken our thoughts and ideas can be efficiently expressed. Words present complex and elaborate concepts all contained in the packaging of a single uttered sound. Combinations of words convey even more elaborate and complex concepts.
The use of words is one of the many fascinating abilities provided by the three pound mass we call our brain. We are able to convey images and thoughts; persuade and convince, express wants and desires and so many other things. Words allow us to project ourselves directly into the minds of those we are communicating to. Both spoken and written words communicate distinctive ideas and thoughts. Additionally they communicate to the receiver both consciously and subconsciously. It is easy to take the words we use for granted.
Words are powerful, but often poorly utilized. “Choose you words carefully” is something we all have heard. Its advice should be taken seriously. We have spoken words thoughtlessly and carelessly, wishing they could be taken back as soon as we uttered them. Words are efficient; as soon as they are spoken, the intent of the meaning is conveyed. Before speaking, we should carefully formulate our words and sentences to effectively say what needs to be said. When other people accurately receive thoughts and concepts we intend; we communicate successfully. The ability to communicate well is so difficult to master.
A person who is adept at communicating through the spoken or written word is admired for their oral and verbal skills. The more words we know and understand the better. It is desirable to have a large and effective vocabulary which we should use often. It is a good to always be learning new words to increase our vocabulary.
Each of us needs effective self-talk skills to hear and understand our own internal dialogue. This words we use to discuss and talk with ourselves are just as powerful and effectives as the words we use to talk to others.
Never take the use of words, verbal or written, for granted. They are so powerful. We should always be seeking to improve our understanding of how to utilize them. Because words are used for good or harm; it is important to forever be mindful of our motive and reasons for why we use them.
Challenge: Be aware of the powerful nature of words. Use your words more effectively and wisely. Be more mindful and careful as your communicate your thoughts and ideas. Continually grow your vocabulary. Listen for the opportunities to learn new words and ideas. Read to learn new concepts. Commit to always improving your ability to communicate. Also, determine to do a better job of talking and communicating with yourself.
Wisdom: Words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think. George Byron
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
Words are totally inadequate to express the love, holiness, sovereignty, and majesty of God. We are unable to totally comprehend all that He is. We use words to express concepts, ideas, and thoughts to describe Him. These words are limited. God is unlimited. Using words to describe God leaves us woefully short. However, as the Holy Spirit leads us and guides us we become less and less dependent upon words. We understand through love.
Prayer: Help me to mindful of the power of words, and to use words wisely and effectively.