My parents and aunt came down for a visit; and after four days of nonstop talking, my voice slowly disappeared as each of my confident utterances rang out.
Having an overused voice makes one seriously ponder her choice of words.
My voice is a limited commodity, and I desire to use my words with purpose. However, as my throat restricted in exhaustion, I was left with a weary feeling that I wasted my energy on empty words. Once I waved goodbye to my family, I had a sneaking suspicion that I gave more verbal fortitude to my limited perspective than to God’s boundless understanding.
Did my words add value to others? Were my opinions eternally minded? Was my voice used to speak life or death?
Sadly, being around people with whom I was comfortable gave my tongue liberty to speak thoughts that were not bridled to the Holy Spirit. I gave my two cents as I saw things; and in retrospect, I wasted my voice on words that did not speak love, mercy and grace.
And that’s when God gave me the Scripture: “A truly wise person uses few words…” OUCH!!!
I can honestly say that of all of the people sitting around my table, partaking in the family’s conversation until the late hours of the night, I was definitely not the wisest. But I have confessed my sin, and I have asked the Holy Spirit to guard my words.
Hopefully, next time my voice will be used speak life, and I won’t waste my energy on petty opinions that don’t matter.
I’m determined to allow God to teach me how to use my words according to His desired purpose for His Kingdom on this earth.
I choose choice words.
Questions: Have you spoken words that were not submitted to the Holy Spirit? How did you feel once your utterances were made? Can you pray and ask God to help you speak life today?
“A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered” (Proverbs 27.17 NLT)
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