I like words. I enjoy reading them, writing them, hearing them, saying them. It can be a bit of a curse, but when I read I hear the words spoken aloud in my mind’s ear, often with specific voices or accents that my imagination deems appropriate to the text. My brain delights in savoring every word that my eye alights upon. The sound (in my mind) is brilliant, but it makes for slow reading.
Words are powerful. Solomon wrote, “The words of good people are a source of life, but evil hides behind the words of the wicked.” Have you ever been refreshed by a kind word aptly spoken? Have you had your spirits lifted—maybe found an elusive smile—thanks to something a good person said to you? Then you know first hand how important it can be to speak good words.
Solomon also said, “The right word at the right time is like precious gold set in silver.” You see, good words are precious. Like expensive jewelry they’re worth cherishing. Unfortunately, sometimes they’re also pretty rare. That’s why it’s so important that we fill our conversations with them. Someone you talk with today may be hurting and in need of a good word. You have the power to make a difference in that person’s life. Just say the word.
That’s something to think about.