Do you remember the older church ladies growing up? The ones that took their time when they spoke? The ones that seemed to choose each word they allow to slip past their lips, even in the simplest conversations? Those ladies spoke with intention.
Let’s break this down. Speaking is defined as the action of conveying information or expressing one’s thoughts and feelings in spoken language. Intention is defined as a mental state that represents a commitment to carrying out an action or actions in the future. Intention involves mental activities such as planning and forethought. So speaking with intention expressing ourselves in a manner in which we have thought out the repercussions of what we are saying. This can range from a simple hello, to our most complex conversations.
I’ve always been one that shot from the lip as my grandmother would call it. I’m quick to speak, many times just to be heard or to get that quick jab in. This is the worst possible thing we can do. And I am so guilty of this y’all! Proverbs 12:18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. The thing is, even though we’ve been accustomed to speaking this way. We don’t have to. We can change and we can speak with intention. It goes back to our parents telling us to watch our mouths as children. Now, we’re just telling ourselves. Proverbs 21:23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
So, I challenge all that are reading this to take this plunge with me. Let your words be gracious, let them show only the good in our hearts, let them bring healing and understanding, and the building up of others. Let us speak with intention, the intention to be clear, the intention to be kind, and the intention to be honest.