Depending on your source, it has been said that the average adult speaks anywhere from 10,000 – 30,000 words each day. This reminds me of a movie that came out years ago about a man who only had 1000 words left before he died. The movie, starring Eddie Murphy, got me to thinking about what I’d say if I knew I only had a few words left to speak.
If we knew we were only given a select number of words to speak over a lifetime, would we more wisely choose what we said to, and about others? Would we spend as much time discussing celebrities and their lives, or would we spend more time celebrating the lives we share with others? Would we shout out random tidbits or information or would we save our precious words and only share facts that speak life and bring joy?
If we viewed our words as seeds or containers that possess power great enough to create institutions and resolutions; would we waste time and words destroying our own dreams? Would we be more careful with the words we use to invest in our own futures? In Matthew 12, Jesus is recorded as saying that at the time of judgment we will give an account for every careless, inoperative and nonworking word we speak (Matthew 12:36 AMP).
Jesus tells us that what comes out of our mouths is the overflow of what is stored in our hearts. The heart mentioned in this passage is kardia. Kardia means our thoughts and feelings – aka the mind. If we store up thoughts of destruction, dismay or doom, we run the risk of tearing down instead of building up. Because our words are seeds, what we speak can either justify and acquit, or condemn and sentence.
All of us will leave this earth one day. See, there are a set number of words we each have available to us. Daily, we must choose wisely. Will we speak up or will we talk down? There will come a time when we are to give an account for the gossip, the bad advice and unsolicited opinions we spout off each day.
One day we all will stand before God and give an answer regarding the idle words we spoke during our lifetime. Today is a good time to decide whether we will use the words we have left to murder dreams or create hope. Are you speaking life or death?