I was curious, so I looked up how many words people speak in a day. One study I found says that both men and women speak around 16,000 words per day.
- That’s a lot of words.
- That’s almost two words for every second in a day.
- I wonder how many of those words are empty words?
- Wasted words?
Have you ever been around somebody who talks and talks….and talks but it never seems like they really say anything?
They ramble on about all sorts of things but never really say anything meaningful.
We need to be careful with this.
It’s not that we need to be so calculated with every single word that our conversations sound robotic (*insert robot noises…beep, beep….boop, boop…hi..pause….how…pause…are…pause….you…).
But we do need to have some measure of precaution.
Jesus gives us a warning in Matthew 12:36 that WE WILL be held accountable for every empty word.
At the least, this should make you think before you speak.
We are called to choose our words wisely.
Our words reflect our hearts.
Luke 6:45 (NIV) A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
And our hearts should reflect the work of the Holy Spirit. A heart that has surrendered to the transforming work of God. And reveals that transforming work by the words that come out of our mouths.