I have a way with words. You could say I have a gift for gab. Anyone can tell you I use a whole bunch of words… and often. I like to make people feel good with my words. I love to make people laugh with my words. Something recently donged on me. There are some serious side effects to my word gift.
There’s never been an argument I haven’t won, even if I’m dead wrong. You see, with the gift of words, comes the knowledge of creatively twisting them. Passion and words can be a lethal mix. I’m sorry to say I have said words that cut to the bone. You’ll always walk away wounded when you battle someone with the gift of words.
When my attitude isn’t at its best or my heart isn’t where it needs to be, I do not post or blog at all. Every word I type turns out to be negative and passive-aggressive. Well actually, more like aggressive-aggressive. I walk away from my computer and save my efforts for another day. Every time I make a post or blog I think, are these words helpful or funny? Could these words hurt anyone? When you are writing words, you have time to think about them and edit them before putting them out there. In real life and in real time, not so much. It’s more like emotional word diarrhea. Explosive, like eating Taco Bell then taking a jog on a hot summer day, projectile word diarrhea.
If I would guard my mouth as closely as I guard my typing fingers, the Lord would be much more pleased with his little tattooed servant. He is the one who gave me my word gift, and it shames me that I abuse it. I have always felt frustrated with my husband’s lack of words, but there is certainly a lot to be said about that. It is a spiritual fruit that I am sorely lacking. It’s the kind of fruit that I need to fry up into a pie and gobble up, instead of canning it and keeping it on a shelf.
I also make up words. I use them incorrectly with all of the confidence and authority in the world. My whole life I’ve misunderstood the saying “it dawned on me”. I thought it was “it donged on me.” You know, like a bell??? Even though dong isn’t even a word, I still say it because I just feel like it is way more effective. And funny.
Proverbs 10:19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.