“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter – ’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.” – Mark Twain


9 thoughts on “THOUGHT-OF-THE-DAY”

  1. I certainly do agree with Mr. Twain and with good reason. The Bible teaches in Proverbs 25:11, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” How precious are appropriate words, words of comfort, exhortation, love, even reproof to the good. In another verse Proverbs tells us that a soft, well-spoken answer turns away another’s wrath or anger. And in Proverbs 15:23, it says that a man has joy when he answers correctly and a word spoken in due season is very, very good!
    So Mr. Twain is in good company when he speaks about the proper or correct expression being words of “Lightning” proportion. It certainly brings enlightenment and has great impact.
    That encourages one to keep studying the WORD OF GOD for therein do we find LIFE IN THE WORD!!

  2. “almost right word and the right word” Since we agree with Mark Twain and the Word of God why do so many of us so often deliver the almost and not the right?

    Our politicians seem to have the same misfortune. We have seen even more so recently how one almost right word can cause one to lose a vital important office. A man or woman can spend millions of dollars and many hours of their life and have a burning passion for a cause and yet stand and open their mouth (one almost right word) and down they go.

    Of course we can’t really comment on them without seeing a mirror for ouselves daily showing us on the same tread with them. Now Why?

  3. This often happens to many Christians, also; those of us who are supposed to know the WORD and what it says about our hearts and our mouths. But there is a remnant of the “old man” that rises us ever so slyly and reveals a part of our hearts and souls not cleansed, still in need of restoration. Prejudice, envy, competition, jealousy, GREED, those sins that Paul teaches us how to overcome in 1Cor.13. Some of us just give lipservice to magnanimity and liberality. Some politicians give an outward show of tolerance and moral ethics…POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, so to speak. But “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” ‘Therein lies the rub.’ Proverbs 23 7 says, ” as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he!” That is very scary!

  4. In Acts 19 verses 11-16..the seven sons of Sceva …Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them, then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themsleves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying We adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches, Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil spirit answered and said Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are You? Then the man in whom the evil spirit was in leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded…(it seems to me they had it almost right..but maybe needed a real relatiionship with the Lord so that they could have said IN THE NAME OF JESUS instead of saying whom Paul preaches….)…Youre right Sara…down they go….dj

  5. When I studied Sara’s book “Dressing for His Glory/On Pursuing Excellence” I realized that a personal character of excellence is at the heart of a tongue that can speak wisely, a correct word at the correct time. In fact, she devotes an entire chapter to speech. In it she provides instructions for how to pursue and produce a healthy inner character which impacts our outward speech. A Biblical quote from this chapter seems to sum it up very succinctly: “The tongues of those who are upright and in right standing with God are as choice silver; the minds of those who are wicked and out of harmony with God are of little value. The lips of the (uncompromisingly) righteous feed and guide many.” Prov 10:20-21 AMP.

  6. I love this quote as it gives me the view of ‘triangle of forces’. Let your yes be yes and your no be no.

    Truth ( Word) is the lightening (revelation) and no truth lightening bug.

  7. James 3:2 Indeed, we all make mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.(NLT)

    Saying one wrong word or almost right word can change the entire meaning of what is being said. Our tongues can build or they can destroy. We need to pray before we use this powerful instrument. According to James, an uncontroled tongue can keep one from perfection. Lord help me to use my tongue wisely. I want to be a builder for my king not a destroyer.

  8. Chickenfarmer, your thoughts awaken the ‘image of our countenance’ in my mind as well as our words. Esther spoke so loud with her countenance that she became a very effectural queen.

    Many times our countenance speaks above our words. Therefore, when words and countenace align themselves with God’s word, we can move mountains. Say to this mountain, be removed and it will be.

    I pray that Faith will arise in our hearts and we will show and speak and see mountains removed from our lives and our nation and our communities and our families.

  9. Sara and Chicken farmer…Esther, she was/is a walking picture..Sara like you said her countenace spoke Loud,,,and ChickenFarmer you said/prayed about the tongue building for our King…I understand God wants us to look just like Jesus and speak like him too….building instead of destroying His Kingdom….I see Esther..but I see Jesus….thank you both for helping to make a connection in my understanding….A picture/countenance paints a thousand words and Lord I want to paint You with my countenance and words so others will see only You Lord….dj

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