“Including scientific words, there are over 1,000,000 words in the English language. The average person knows about 20,000 words and uses 2,000 different words a week. Women and men both speak about 16,000 words a day on average.”
Our words matter. Especially during times of a global pandemic and now, our historical trifecta winter storms from coast to coast. The number of words we command are not as important as the words we choose and purpose for which we use them.
The Bible tells us to choose our words carefully because the tongue is tremendously powerful (James 3:5). Each day we have great potential: either to make someone’s day better or worse. At Journey we often say, “It’s nice to be nice.”
This will be a great weekend to practice nice things for everyone we meet. Our current winter series, ASSURED, from 1, 2, 3 John takes a look at representing God on earth each day by loving people, no matter. “Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a chid of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7 NLT
We live in a world and time when harsh words are spoken often. What a relief to find kindness during times of difficulty. Just now I am listening to my wife in another room speaking with some of our Texas friends who have water pipes burst because of losing their power in the recent arctic storm. I could hear her wisely using words of empathy, support, and genuine concern.
We are living in difficult times with continuing COVID19 health concerns and nearly everyone dealing with record winter hardships. Perspective is often better shaped from having similar experiences. Clearly, we are better together. If nothing else comes from the pandemic and destructive Arctic weather we’ve all been experiencing, it may be all off us become better human beings.
Actions really do speak louder than words. Show a little kindness in every neighborhood, when a plumber returns our emergency call, or the snow plow driver pushes the snow late into the night, helping us go to work. Maybe God is helping all of us to readjust our priorities. Forget having the right words; do good things. People Matter Most; they always have.
See you either in person or online with Journey family Sat@6pm and Sun@10:30am. Sunshine the next three days and Sunday has 43 degrees predicted. Better days are ahead. Let’s do the.... together!
God is good. Help people know Him through you and your nice words and actions.