August 28, 2015 – Sifting Your Words

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“Truth spoken in love unites hearts; truth spoken in anger leaves a wound that may never be healed.”– Paul Chappell

     I read about a man who was chosen to revitalize a particular soap brand.  He was hired to create a new slogan for the struggling product.  This man did everything he could to get acquainted with the subject.  He visited manufacturers, talked with employees, studied the material used to make the soap, and spent countless of hours thinking of a strategic campaign.

Once he finished putting the pieces together he gave the company the new slogan which only contained a few words.  Along with the new jingle was an invoice for $10,000.  The CEO asked the man why it cost so much for so few words.  The man replied, “You’re not just paying me for those few words, you are paying me for the thousands I have rejected.”

When we chose our words wisely there are great dividends.  How many times have you heard someone say something too quickly in anger or frustration?  Almost always that person wishes he or she could get those words back.  I love what Abraham Lincoln said, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”  Sift your words for the honor and glory of God; in doing so you may save yourself heartache, hurt feelings, and even embarrassment.

Daily Reading: Lamentations 1-3
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