Trust you are having a great week! I hope that you read the letter I wrote to you last week and I trust that you are consciously lightening your luggage. Today I write you (as I remind myself) on the subject of speech.
Apparently, as humans, we all are somewhat public speakers. While we all do not speak to thousands or hundreds of people per time, we still speak to a good number of people, including ourselves, daily. But often times, we get carried away by this natural act of communication that we forget to wisely consider the value our speech conveys about us and the kind of value it adds to the lives of our audiences.
Words are powerful tools with creative and destructive abilities depending on authorial intention, construction and presentation. This is why we must become deliberate about what we say, how we say it, where and when we say it, and to whom we say it in order to ensure that our utterances are always in alignment with our good intentions. We simply escape the harsh consequences of careless speech when we give attention to improving the quality of intended utterances in our hearts before they’re served by our mouth. What is required of us is to figuratively add some salt in the appropriate measure.
As salt seasons, heals and preserves, we must give our words the salt treatment by administering wisdom, insight, wit, love, truth, and integrity to them in the required proportions as the context demands. By doing this, we purify our utterances and make them whole enough to heal, preserve them from getting contaminated by our prejudices, biases, and surge of emotions, and make them memorably tasteful to the ears and hearts of our audiences.
Dear Sista, God is investing heavily in you for the assignment that lies ahead of you but you must get your heart and utterances in order. Add some salt to your speech and always serve with the law of kindness ruling your mouth.
I see you becoming a connoisseur of words worth hearing. I heart you!