Thought For The Day 07/22/13


The Trouble With Words…


the trouble with words


Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another. 

Napolean Hill


How many of us find ourselves sometimes questioning the wisdom of words bandied about by people whose reputations for having a thorough understanding of the topic at hand should render them beyond question? I know I have questioned the “experts” a time or two and I, myself, have been challenged (more than once) to defend something I hold as sacrosanct. Now when it is me, I try to display as much grace under fire, as is possible. After all, I am a work in progress and, as such, may not always have all of the answers, despite what I hope, is taking the time to research and learn about the thing being addressed! The problem is that, exactly like many so-called experts out there, I am also stubborn and human, and I sometimes find my “dander” raised when I am challenged. I am not proud of this fact, but fact it is, nonetheless! Which is why we who wield the power to influence others must always adhere to the old adage that is gospel for every builder or woodworker, in the world. Measure (or think) twice; cut (or speak) once!


 We can not escape the fact that there is often danger in making bold declarations, especially when there is recorded evidence of that which is avowed.  Never has this been truer that when we think about Joshua when he addressed the Israelites, whose response was to practically shout to the heavens about their desire to faithfully follow the Lord above all other gods. (Joshua 24:14-16 NIV,  14 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” 16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods!) Well, we know that the weakness of the people proved too great for this promise to be kept. In fact, not only were those promises broken over and over throughout the Old Testament, but both the promises and the breaking of them, was recorded in “black and white”, for all of eternity. Which is why  those of us who write or teach or preach….those of us who implant those seeds in the mind of another, much take such care with what we share!


Yes, we are always seeking to share our faith in the most positive way we can, which is why we sometimes feel compelled to make bold assertions, much like the Israelites did in verse 16 above. But to my mind, there is nothing more likely to undermine our credibility than to have what we say perceived to be hypocrisy! Which is why we all should and must, be held accountable for the words that come from our mouths….or our pens! And while I am thinking more about those who seek to teach, the lesson to be learned is the same, for everyone! Be absolutely sure that if your words come back to you in a day or a month or a year, that you will be able to hear them and know that you can own what you said and the message being shared. Make sure that seed you plant is one you will be proud to watch take root and blossom!


1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. 2 Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. 3 For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words. 4 When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. 5 It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. 6 Let not your mouth lead you into sin, and do not say before the messenger that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands? 7 For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity; but God is the one you must fear.

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 ESV


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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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