The Weight of Your Words

I had the wonderful opportunity to help a friend at her craft show booth this weekend. She did really well and got her name out to a lot more people, and it was a great time of fellowship - just a really great day.

It was interesting, though, to just sit and people watch. There are several places that are perfect for people watching - airports, malls and amusement parks come to mind immediately. But this craft show was a new experience for me, maybe because I wasn't so stressed with selling my own things this time.

There was much to be learned from listening to the conversations floating around that day. Apparently people don't realize that you can be heard even when you're outside. I definitely wasn't eavesdropping - I had no choice to hear some of what I heard.

And to tell you the truth, I was a little surprised at what I heard. While I learned more about southern Iowa crop conditions than I ever wanted to know, I also learned how thoughtless people can be with their words. One moment a vendor was chatting it up with a customer, and the next minute she was mocking them for the things they said, wore and believed.

Other people were incredibly pushy, both selling and buying. I heard several customers around and about the building say they could do better, prettier, cheaper or nicer work than what they had just seen. And I know that if I was hearing it, other people were, too.

Our words are weighty, powerful things. This is good and bad - we can use them to uplift or we can use them to tear down. The choice is ours alone.

There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. Proverbs 12:18

I don't know about you'd but I'd much rather be life and health that cause the piercing of a heart. We just need to weigh our words carefully before they come out of our mouths.

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