Words in abundance offer little of valueWhen Rudyard Kipling was at the height of his popularity, a group of college students determined that he earned roughly one dollar for each word he used.
By: Pastor Mark, Superior Telegram
When Rudyard Kipling was at the height of his popularity, a group of college students determined that he earned roughly one dollar for each word he used.
They mailed him two dollars, sarcastically requesting to purchase two of his best words. Mr. Kipling responded with the message “Thank you.”
Words can be quite valuable. Just ask the young mother who hears her baby say “mamma” for the first time, or the young man, having nervously stammered through a marriage proposal, hearing the word “Yes.” Ask any child whose father said “I’m proud of you.” Words can be precious.
But words can also be worthless, ruthless, vulgar, hateful statements that insult, cut and wound, leaving people scarred. These words can echo in our memory for a lifetime.
Words abound in our age of blogging, twittering, Facebooking, email and cell phones, but I fear their prevalence has done little to increase their value. Much of what we share seems wasted verbiage at best — the present writer excluded, of course. The popular market of free advice has deflated the value of our messages.
Have we forgotten the dictums, “If you cannot say anything nice, do not say anything at all” or “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt.”
King Solomon understood the value of words. He wrote “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”(Proverbs 25: 11).
How much would someone pay for your words?
Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.