Thursday, February 2, 2012
It is by no means a new concept yet today I have been struck anew by the power of words and their perception. So much of what we say with our mouths is really not what we meant to have heard by others. I forget that not everyone has learned to read beyond words to see the 90% that is said with the body. Having learned early and often to "hear" in ways other than words kept me safely at a distance from harm as a child and able to understand those without words in my first career, this "skill" often leaves me heart broken as I "hear" and "see" differently these days. It leaves the recipient confused and wondering, leads to misunderstandings, and is hurtful when hopes are raised by words not meant.
I am reminded of the need to speak clearly, honestly, and with sincerity. I pray my words bring more blessing than pain.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19.14)