I came across an interesting statistic today that I googled
for more info.
Depending on your sources, it is said that the average
person speaks between 3, 000 (one source) to 20,000 (second source) words per
day. That’s a bunch of words. With those statistics considered, (and I lean
toward the higher number as probably closer to the truth) a few questions arise in my mind. How many of those words
gracious, and seasoned with salt (Col 4:6)? How many are words fitly spoken
like apples of gold in settings of silver (Prov 25:11)? Or better yet, how many of those 17,00 are
idle or careless words for which I will have to give an account (Matt12:36)?
Sobering questions to ponder. With that in mind, I echo the Psalmist’s
prayer below, and will be considering the wisdom of Proverbs 17:28 more often.
Psalm 141:3 (ESV) Set a guard, O
Lord, over my mouth; keep watch
over the door of my lips!
Proverbs 17:28 (ESV) Even a fool who
keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes
his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
What are your thoughts on this?