Quite a few years ago I had this knack for telling fictional stories for fun. So I had honed this one story down to a very believable reminiscence of my work experience. This is the story I told. Yes, I did and I told it many times.
“When I was young I worked for a Bakery in Philadelphia. I worked on one of their farms. My job was to kill little animals called Mince for their Mince Meat pies.” (I won’t bore you with all the details but it grew into an elaborate tale.)
I had people believing that Mince Meat pies contained the meat of Mince. The bakery does not own farms, and there are no animals called Mince. Mince Meat pies include beef.
I told this story one too many times. After relating this story and revealing there was no truth to it, one lady said to me.
“Richard, you are a pastor, you told that so well how will we know when you’re telling us the truth?” Yikes!
The power hid in a leader’s words is in the position held.
That broke me of telling fictional stories. Of even greater importance it taught me a powerful lesson. We all know that words are powerful and can influence change in a person’s life. But the power of our words increase when the person speaking holds a leadership position.
“Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind.” — Rudyard Kipling
Leadership adds weight to our words.
If you are a pastor. A doctor. The CEO of a company. An attorney or in any position of leadership, hang an extra fifty pounds to the words you speak or write. Position adds weight to our words!
So that you know I still enjoy laugher since Solomon writes it is good like a medicine.
Two valuable lessons I learned that day.
- First, a leader’s words should not fool people to believe something not real.
- Second, leaders should measure their words.
“The difference between a smart man and a wise man is that a smart man knows what to say; a wise man knows whether or not to say it.”
— Frank M. Garafola
If we choose to believe it or not, a leader’s word either spoken or written carry the weight of the position one holds. This “weight” adds to the meaning of what our words imply.
Words drive the writer and speaker to a destination
Words to the leader are like a truck is to a truck driver. Words get us to our destination. We can have a wreck on the way with scattered debris. Or arrive with a gracious understanding and with the right words.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21
The day this lady addressed me I ate the bitter fruit of my thoughtless words. Eating sweet fruit is so much better.
Solomon tells us when we speak words that are suitable for the situation. Or the position we hold when speaking words are; “apples of gold in settings of silver.”
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Proverbs 25: 11
I continue to learn of the hidden power in the words I speak — even the mysterious power of my written words.
The lasting impact of our words is in direct proportion to the position we hold. The position one holds is tucked away hidden but adds power to a leader’s words.
Have my words caused you to rethink the stories you tell? Did my ‘come to grips’ with the hidden power my position when speaking touch a chord with you? How?
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