The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
I've been reminded recently of how weighty our words really are. They have the power to bring life, or death. We can sear the heart, or mend the soul. Often times, when the words come flying, we find ourselves wanting to stuff them back in our wagging mouths when we see the wound open in the receiver. There are also those times when the words bring hope - and for a fleeting moment, you can see the fog lift in their eyes. Words are powerful. In song, they can connect hearts with the Creator. In an argument, they can fracture that same heart. Contradictory? No kidding. (See James 3).
Yesterday, I saw the vocal therapist. She explained a portion of my therapy like this: in a healthy voice, you are given a proverbial 100 "chips" a day. It is your job to decide how they are "spent". (No, this is not a gambling story). :) Singing, talking, vocalizing, laughing, etc...you get 100. In my case, for this season, I've got 50 a day. After my vocal pathology and vocal therapy 3xs/day, that leaves me with 20 a day.
Needless to say, I've been thinking a lot about the power of words and how to pick and choose them wisely.
The Lord reminded me of this verse in Proverbs and how I need to be wise, not reckless with my words - purposeful, not a constant stream of noise, whether in a season of vocal therapy or not.
It would be my heart that my 20 chips would be well spent. Words that bless (Psalm 19:14), words that bring life (Proverbs 18:21), words that come slowly and with room to hear (James 1:19). On purpose, valuable, and with a sense of mission.
So... how will you spend your chips today?
Make them count. Every. Last. One.
Tara is Greg's girl, mom to two sons of thunder, a hunger fighter, big dreamer and worship pastor at seacoast church.