Choice of Words

by Ruth O’Neil

“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body” Proverbs 16:24 ESV.

As writers we use words a lot. When writing, we painstakingly choose just the right word to convey our meaning. We might even look to a thesaurus for help. But what about our everyday life? I know I often carelessly allow hurtful words to come out of my mouth. So many days I wish I could edit my speech as easily as I edit a piece of writing.

Then there are the times my words are nice such as when I send a card to a friend. It makes me smile when I receive a handwritten note from a friend myself. I have one friend who hung the cards her friends sent her during a surgery on the wall so that she would remember to pray for them specifically. Prayers are good words.

One time I sent a gentleman a sympathy card after the loss of his wife. I included a couple memories I had of her. He was so moved by my simple words that he called to thank me. These words took only a moment of my time to jot down, but were so appreciated.

I try to use my words carefully, although I’m not very good at it. At least with the written word, I can scribble out and rearrange so that my mood and intentions are clear.

The Bible also tells us in Matthew 12:36, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak” (ESV). Gives you something to think about, doesn’t it?

What are you doing with your words today, whether they are written or spoken? Do you use your words to uplift people and brighten their day? Or do your words tear people down?

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at ruths-real-life (dot)blogspot.com or her website at ruthoneil (dot)weebly.com

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