Your Words Really Do Speak For You

Neal Pollard

On July 20, Kyle Wiens, a CEO for two technology firms, told Harvard Business Review in no uncertain terms that grammar matters!  In plain language, Wiens called grammar relevant and a sign of credibility, competence, and intelligence.  He said, “In blog posts, on Facebook statuses, in emails, and on company websites, your words are all you have.  They are a projection of you in your physical absence” (http://blogs.hbr.org).

I am not sure how that strikes you, especially if you do not share my affinity for “grammatical correctness.”  While I am far from flawless in such matters, I believe such really matters!  Writing makes an exact man, but poor writing can exact much from a man’s influence and effectiveness.  The same rules apply to one’s level of success oratorically.

Yet, good men with a great message have been able to rise above such deficiencies in time.  However, from a heavenly perspective, God cares about the nature and quality of the words we communicate.  Wiens is especially on target when he says that your words “are a projection of you in your physical absence.”  Applying that to wherever our words appear on the internet, this is a sobering thought.  Did you realize that you are painting a picture of yourself with your words?  They say so much about your temperament, personality, interests and passions, level of dignity and class, mindset, and degree of spirituality.  This is reflected in how you respond to others, what you articulate as items of meaning in your life, and how often your outlook is positive or negative.

God desires Christians to be salt and light (Mat. 5:13-16).  This is to prove oneself blameless and innocent, holding forth the word of life (Phil. 2:15-16).  To this end, Paul frequently challenges us to let our speech be with grace (Col. 4:6), communicating kindness, wisdom, patience, and gentleness (2 Tim. 2:24-26).  Our speech is one of the major ways we represent Christ, for good or ill.  What are your words saying about you (and Him)?

About preacherpollard

preacher, Bear Valley church of Christ, Denver, Colorado
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