I am guilty. I am guilty of hearing words and adding my own meaning to the words. I am guilty. I am guilty of allowing conflict to arise because not only did I hear the words spoken, but I created 10 million more words to follow which changed the original intent of the words. Am I the only guilty party? I recently read a quote that has rocked my world in terms of words.
Words are an empty jar waiting to be filled.
How do I often fill my empty jar of words?
I fill my empty jar with personal feelings or circumstances.
“Hey Chelsea, is that a new shirt?” -Words
“Oh my goodness, I knew I should not have worn this shirt today! Argh, out of all things I could have picked…” -My filling
I fill my empty jar with “what I think they meant…”
“I need you to get this done today.” -Words
“Great, they are already disappointed in me! I am so embarrassed, they probably think I am incapable of accomplishing even the smallest of tasks…” -My filling.
Words are constantly being spoken. I think our minds may combust if we tried to fathom how many words a person may hear in a lifetime. Suffice it to say, with all the words floating around, there is plenty of room to fill these empty jars with some pretty dangerous lies. How does one avoid conflict, disappointment, and roller coasters of emotions from all the words?!
I’ll never forget a scene between Trey and I, when I was not filling his jar of words with the truth he was intending to communicate. It was in the midst of that conversation he gently stopped and said, “Chelsea, I need you to hear my words…”
How often in this word crazed social world does our heavenly Father cry out to us, “My daughter, I need you to hear my words…”
Stop listening to all that is going on around you, and paying so much attention to the words of others, turn and listen to my words! We have been given The Word which became flesh to live among us (John 1:14). When we hear His Words we allow our hearts to be slowly chipped away and our empty word jars are filled with truth…
“Sanctify them by the truth, your word is truth.” John 17:17
When we hear His Words our minds see clearly as we focus on the truth and are not clouded by the words that flow from others.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
When we hear His Words, they become our delight. They are sweeter than any other, and they become our greatest treasure.
“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103
Let us change the beginning quote, words are not empty jars simply waiting to be filled. Instead, Words are an empty jar, let us strive to have His Words fill every space!