Words. I love words. I could never relate to Eliza Doolittle when she sang to Freddy Eynsford-Hill, "Words! Words! Words! I'm so sick of words!" and "Never do I ever want to hear another word. There isn't one I haven't heard."
Unlike Eliza, I am enamored with words. I have always loved to read. I am fascinated by word origins. I love to play Scrabble and do crossword puzzles and play Word Twist on Facebook. The "word" categories on Jeopardy are my favorites...like "C's the Day" where all the answers begin with the letter C. I like to put my thoughts into words (hence this blog). I admire ideas well-expressed, such as those in hymns and poetry and great literature. I am stimulated by good conversation.
Maybe sometimes I have used too many words. I recall Ryan's request years ago when asking me an algebra question. "Mom, I have a question and I don't want the long answer. Please don't give me a long explanation. I just want the simplest answer to my question." And I must admit, I had to refrain from providing the "long answer" and reteaching a lot of algebra in the process.
The words of a Michael Card song have recently caused me to think about words.
You and me we use so very many clumsy words.
The noise of what we often say is not worth being heard.
Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. Proverbs 10:19Be 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
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Proverbs 25:11
And so I pray,
Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14