THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: DON’T WASTE WORDS, MAKE THEM ALL COUNT. (Part 1) That’s the advise that the editorial page editor gave if you want to submit an article for possible publication on the editorial page. In that context, you can’t waste works. Say what your going to say, make your points as concisely and precisely as possible. That is not bad advise for life in general. Words are the currency of relationship. Of course, not every word we speak is going to be ripe with revelation and is going to be destiny altering and powerfully influential. We fellowship, we banter back and forth, we talk sports. Some of our words are trivial and won’t matter all that much in the long run. But even then all of our speech has value. IT’S THE CURRENCY OF RELATIONSHIP. When our words are born of good will, love and genuine Christian fellowship they all have value even if the conversation was about something trivial. Haven’t you ever felt good, spiritually energized when you’re on your way home from have spent time in conversation and fellowship with a friend? Sometimes it’s not what is said precisely, but it’s the exchange of the currency of our words born of love, fellowship and friendship. THEN, OF COURSE, THERE ARE WORDS THAT HAVE TO COUNT! [Proverbs 25:11-12] “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver. Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.” ‘A WORD FITLY SPOKEN’…life saving, influence at a crucial moment, clarity in crisis. ALL OF US NEED THE RIGHT WORDS AT THE RIGHT TIME. Sometimes it’s about survival. We have to make the right decision about the direction we’re going to take and it’s a word spoken that provides us with the direction we need. [Psalms 119:105] “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.” Life can be very dark, we’re in a place we’ve never been, we don’t quite know how to navigate…THEN, LIGHT COMES! We can see where we are and where we’re going. God’s word does that! There are occasions when we have opportunity to speak into someone’s life at a critical juncture. DON’T WASTE WORDS, is the advice of the editorial page editor and it is good advice at such moments. My life has been saved by friends when I’m in a crisis by such timely spoken words. There are times to talk about the weather and there are times not to. DON’T WASTE WORDS. Perhaps today, you’ll have opportunity to speak into someone’s life and it is going to matter very much. DON’T WASTE WORDS, MAKE THEM ALL COUNT!
– Pastor Stephens