5.10.2010

just a few words

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i'm short or words today... thinking about the very thing i am short on. contemplating the power of words. the power they have to heal. the power they have to tear down or hurt. the way people can use them carelessly, even when they think they are using them for good. the way they are so loosely thrown around in this day and age of facebook and blanket statements.

colossians 4:6 says, "let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man."

after reading something that left me feeling disheartened -- something someone wrote on facebook sunday morning -- i have thought of this verse several times. i recalled the verse being in colossians, but could not quite remember the chapter and verse number.

while searching for the verse's reference online, i also came across something written about it. it said, "to speak with grace is to speak words that are wholesome, fitting, sensitive and purposeful."

i'm thinking very much on these things today.

10 comments:

Hi Kooky said...

I once did a Bible study called "Conversation Peace" and it talked about the power of speech. It was a very convicting study. Words are, indeed, incredibly powerful.

driftwood said...

I think you always speak with grace, and it's such a shame when others don't......

S. Etole said...

very good thoughts to ponder ... for all of us

mrs mediocrity said...

oh, georgia, i think your words are always lovely, always, just like your photos. words are words. really. we chain them together in a million different combinations to try and convey what goes on in our minds, in our hearts, but still, they are just words.
if you write what you feel, that is what matters.

Jonatan said...

re: thanks, always a pleasure to get comments like that :) and also very cool that you "stumbled across" the blog, always more interesting that way :)

the picture actually is for a band, they're called Amber Oak =D

Kelly Langner Sauer said...

me too. thanks for this...

Toni said...

Excellent post, Georgia. I think one of the "bad" things about the internet is the relative anonymity it affords and people feel it gives them license to say whatever they are feeling or thinking at the moment, and that if they were talking in person they would never think of uttering those same words. I don't think you yourself have anything to worry about. =)

ELK said...

i am tucking the words and stunning image in my pocket as I dash off this day.. I need help in that area always .

thenextarrow said...

your words really resonate with me this morning. your blog is beautiful, and this post is no exception. love the photo. have a wonderful day :)

xo Alison

slommler said...

The photo is lovely and speaks of grace and beauty. Just as your words do. It is so important to watch what we are saying (or writing). Words can build up or they can take down.
Great post today
Hugs
SueAnn