Friday, January 09, 2009

Thought for the day

One of my goals for 2009 is to completely declutter the computer room/home office. If I can spend even 15 minutes a day on this project, I know it's achievable. To that end, I've begun decluttering our oldest file cabinet. One thing that came to light today was an old scrap of paper torn from a small loose-leaf calendar. The thought for that day was so challenging to me, I thought I would share it. I must add that the author is unknown to me.

The Bible verse referenced at the top of the page is Colossians 4:6a -- "Let your speech be always with grace."

And here is the thought concerning our words:

"A famous publisher declares, 'If you are an articulate person, you utter some thirty thousand words each day.' If these words were put in print, they would amount to a fair-sized book every day. These books would, in a lifetime, fill a college library. All these books are from the same author, all reflecting your life in your own words. And not a book can be withdrawn from circulation. The thought is a bit frightening. It emphasizes the fearful responsibility that goes with the gift of speech, and also the glorious privilege that is inherent in speech seasoned with grace."

This thought from a tattered old calendar page challenged me to be more careful to see that my speech is seasoned always with grace. What about you?


  1. Great post. My grandmother always said "keep your words sweet. You never know which ones you will have to eat". Good advice.



  2. That is powerful! I struggle with speaking too hastily and speaking too much. Lately, God has been bringing this subject up over and over again through various sources. I am so glad that you "found" this and shared it.

    I wanted to tell you that your advice on Carrie's blog is worth volumes! It's so important for us moms with young children to heed the godly advice of moms who have grown children. I wish that more experienced moms would share their words of wisdom. Thank you for being willing to do that:).

  3. Thanks, ladies!

    Linda, great advice from your grandmother!

    Rachel, I too struggle with speaking in haste and saying too much. That's probably why this spoke to me as it did.

    And thanks for your kind words about my advice on Carrie's blog. You young Christian moms today seem to have things so much more "together" than I did, I think that's why I wonder how valuable my advice might be. Thanks for the encouragement!

    God bless,


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