Do you like words? I love them. When I was a little girl my mom would be at work and I would get lonely sometimes. When I did I would pick up a book I borrowed from the library and then I would be whisked away to far-away lands as the words became stories that comforted me and stirred my imagination. As I grew older I loved how words were spelled and I had no patience for folks who used bad grammar..my ears felt like they were popping.
Through the years I grew up some and realized it was not the grammar or the style but the heart and thoughts behind the words that people speak. That is why I became a journalist; I wanted to hear people’s stories and share them with others. I wanted to create stories that would help people. I wanted to use my pen to right wrongs, like Superman used his flying skills to save folks in trouble.
When I grew up and married and had children I realized how words can build them up or pull them down. What we tell our children they believe, and that can be for their good or bad. When I became a Christian I began to soak up the Word of God and was amazed at how that changed me and my husband Ned for good. His words changed our hearts. As I had lunch yesterday with two dear friends from the past I had fun reliving old memories and we used words to convey our thoughts. There were some words we did not share as some memories might rekindle pain. During time with the Lord this morning, I felt Him telling me, “Weigh what you say and say what you weigh.” To me that meant, “Kathy take your time before speaking and come up for air.”
Proverbs 25:11 says, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” King Solomon, who penned that thousands of years ago, knew the power of words. When I read the Bible and ponder on God’s words it fills me with wonder.
Have you heard that your greatest strength can also be your greatest weakness…that is me and if any of you suffer from this join with me this month to really weigh what we say and then say what we weigh. President Thomas Jefferson once wrote, If you are angry count to ten before you respond if you are really angry, count to 100. I want my words and yours to count for the glory of God, so teach us this month Lord how important our words are, those spoken and those clearly heard, even when there is no sound. I love you and tune into Woman to Woman every Sat. on 940 A.M. and 1470 A.M. where lots of words are shared in hopes of blessing you…love, Kathy Thomas