A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Proverbs 25:11
Not a day goes by that we don’t use words. Whether talking to ourselves or someone else, our words project our thoughts. Selecting the proper word for the proper occasion can bring great pain or reward; it can send the right message or breed misunderstanding; it can hit the spot or break your heart.
Random, made-up words and mistaken words that sound similar to the actual words can put smiles on people’s faces too because they tell stories. Let me share a couple of mine in hopes of brightening your day.
1. Chester Drawers – I grew up with Chester drawers. I was the kid that organized my socks and underwear in the top drawer, t-shirts in the second, and pants on the bottom. I was glad Chester invented the multi-level drawer system so I could separate my clothes. He must have been a kid much like me. (chest of drawers)
2. Ultra Violent Rays – I have a light complexion. As a child I learned that if I spent time outdoors in the summer without sunscreen on my face, kids at school would whisper Rudolph as I walked by. I had to be sure to protect myself from the sun’s ultra violent rays damaging my skin. The sun is so violent that I was not even allowed to look directly at it! (Ultraviolet – UV rays)
3. Psych-tracted – When there are too many things running through our mind all at once, our psyche becomes overloaded. It’s hard to stay on topic with so much brain activity. What happens at those times is that I become psychtracted. Does anyone else suffer from this, or is it just me? (side tracked)
4. Worth My Wild – I decided that stopping to get cash out of the ATM is worth my wild. I walk away with money, and now I can have a wild time with my cash if I want. (worth my while)
5. Conduit – That’s the spirit I like, the conduit spirit. I was taught that with a “can do” attitude, nearly anything is possible if you just knuckle down, buckle down and do it, do it, do it. (can do it)
6. Sempra fi – Some things in life are complicated and complex. I’m convinced that if we can Sempra fi things a bit, we would all probably enjoy our lives a little more. (simplify)
7. Thoroughly Disgusted – I once told a co-worker, “I thoroughly discussed it with him” referring to a conversation I had with my boss. What the co-worker heard was: “I’m thoroughly disgusted with him.” Save the workplace drama by making sure you thoroughly discuss things.
I’m sure you have your own list of words and phrases that lighten your day too. My favorite phrase of all time is one I learned as a kid. It is very simple and true, and it sends just the right message. Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so! Those words bring comfort to my heart every time I hear them. Remember, the right words at the right moment can brighten the lives of those around us. Whose life will you enrich today?