Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Worthy Words.

I belong to our Women of the Church group. And no, I am not eighty. Yes, it is a group of older women and I am clearly the youngest member. By a long shot. But they always ask. And I have a hard time saying no. So, I attend monthly meetings a provide a little devotional. The over 80 set really liked this devotional yesterday so I thought I would see if you, my faithful readers, would enjoy it too.

". . . if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be My spokesperson." Jeremiah 15:19 (NIV)

Our God allows us to be His spokesperson. How humbling. In His wisdom, He requires that, in order to be His spokesperson, our words must be worthy, not worthless. As this verse resonates in my heart, I ask myself, “Are my words worthy? Am I representing God well when I speak to friends, my children, my husband? Am I allowing Him to mold me so I reflect His character? Am I keeping the bar raised to His standard such that I may be His spokesperson?” I fear not. 

In our home we strive to speak words based in truth, spoken in love, necessary and kind. How often do I utter words that are worthless and hold no value for anyone? Oh, how I think of all the many, many words I have wasted. If my words hold value and worth, they will reflect His character and minister His truth and grace to those around me. 

As you go through the day, allow your words, whether they be written or spoken to go through His filter of requiring worthy words.  If those around you have lowered the bar, raise it again.  Humbly meet the challenge to utter only worthy words that represent Him well. You may be His spokesperson. 


So, what do you think? Do you ever consider how many words we waste each day (goodness - some days on my blog alone)? How many things are said in jest or in haste which hurt the recipient? How many words escape our lips without thought. I often lack a filter. My friends, children and husband will attest. Maybe over time my words will become worthy. Maybe I will learn to, at least, occasionally, bite my tongue!

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