My suitemates and I have taken a stab at songwriting. Most of us are either musically inclined or wordsmiths. It's a great combination.
A few days ago, Jennifer had a beautiful concept for a song and ideas on what she wanted to proclaim in the verses, so we tried to write it.
We talked it out. We free wrote. We prayed. We played with chords. We were having a hard time. Every word was deliberate and discussed.
Two hours later, we had a grand total of twenty-two words.
We were pleased yet simultaneously, I was little frustrated that it was taking so long. Let's be honest: I'm a bit verbose. Yes? If I spent two-solid hours writing I would hope to have at least 700 words. But they would not be as planned as these twenty-two words were. They would be much less deliberate. I would not debate them like we did those song lyrics. They are not repeated as frequently as a song, even one only six of us know.
It got me thinking about the words that come out of my mouth. Am I flippant in what I say or are they well-chosen? Does each sentence run through a filter before it runs off my tongue? Am I careful is what I say and how I say it?
The truthful answer is no. But I should be.
"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:14