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We so often hear that women talk more than men. Through various internet articles, I discovered that:

  • women speak an average of 20,000 words in any given day
  • men speak about 7,000 words in any given day
  • the average between both sexes is 16,000 words in any given day

Now that would be interesting in & of itself. As a kid growing up, my relatives called me “Chatty Cathy” for the obvious reasons. Then I got to wondering, what about voice inflection & discovered this:

  • women use an average of five different tones in any given day
  • men use an average of three different tones in any given day

Truly how we say something is just important as what we say. And there are days that the tone we use can totally change the impact of what we have said.

One verse – read this morning – prompted the above “research”:

             “Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.”                                 (Proverbs 12:25 NLT).

Every day, we have the choice as to what we will say. How will I spend my budget of words? Will I speak words that are encouraging or discouraging?

Encourage, according to Webster’s Dictionary is “to give courage, hope or confidence to”. Discourage, according to Webster is “to deprive of courage or confidence.”

The words I speak each day will either infuse or deprive others of courage.

What will you do with the words you speak today?