An Economy of Words

Lately, I’ve been challenged to use an economy of words.

Though I am a driven person, I often find myself guilty of spending more time talking about a thing (or making lists about it, blogging about it, etc.) than actually doing it. And like anyone else, I don’t have time to waste.

As well, I find myself drawn to people who talk comparatively little but accomplish much (my husband is a great example). The people I respect the most tend to be thoughtful listeners and careful observers. The bloggers I enjoy the most do not ramble, but seem to choose their words with care and an intent to get to the heart of the matter. This approach seems to show a respect for their readers’ time and attention.


Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. – Ecclesiastes 5:2

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Jesus certainly did not mince words.


But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. – Matthew 5:37

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. – Matthew 12:36

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As in every area of my life, I should strive to be more like Christ in this matter as well.


In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. – Proverbs 10:19

Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. – Colossians 4:6


Have you ever considered this issue before? Do you struggle to hold your tongue (or your figurative pen)?  Would you like to be a better listener and observer? I welcome your comments!

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