Wholesome words seem to be gradually sliding into the background, and the frequent use of cusswords in conversations at every stratum of society appears to be gradually becoming the main course of expression on the lips of many today. Cusswords are becoming too familiar within homes, workplaces, sporting arenas, places of entertainment, in public offices, and other places where people congregate. When an individual has to use swearwords to get across a message or a point to someone, it exposes the poison that is resident in the mind of that individual and the shallowness of their vocabulary. Expletives, therefore, must never be viewed as a badge of honor but a blight within an individual's character. It is time we begin to put a superior premium on wholesome words.
Wholesome words flowing from a mind that is continuously cultivating a glossary of unpolluted expressions will reflect internal beauty and reveal external loveliness. Whatever a person pours into the mind, whether dirty or decent, will flow out through the mouth, especially when that person is under pressure. In the same way it is said that we are what we eat, always remember we are also what we think.
Fostering pure thoughts which always generate wholesome words, purifies our mental system and keeps it operating in the pink of health. While conversing with a young woman in her mid-teens, she said that despite the undesirable conversations she hears regularly from some of her peers, she strives daily to make it a habit of feeding her mind with pure thoughts in order to habitually make decent decisions in life. What an excellent model for all young people and adults alike. I commended her and also encouraged her to maintain her first-class focus.
When you saturate your mind with positive concepts you are giving yourself power to formulate expressions that will enhance your wholesome communication making it possible to add value to those with whom you may come in contact. The profound words of Betty Eadie hit the nail on the head when she said, "If we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely. If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative.”
When it comes to question of thoughts and words, could it be that the home should be in the vanguard of taking the lead in this regard? I believe the home is the primary breeding ground for encouraging dirty or decent words, lethal or lovely language, poisonous or precious expressions. The Holy Bible was forthright in its articulation about the power of words when it recorded in Proverbs18:21that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.”
It is vital, therefore that health-giving words be the constant practice by all occupants of homes. As a husband, why not seek daily to express elevating words toward your wife, which would make her feel a sense of worth and value, rather than using demeaning words that may send signals of insignificance and worthlessness. As a wife, it is profitable to practice speaking words daily to your husband to make him feel appreciated and unique rather than unwanted and disrespected. As a parent, it is uplifting if you declare inspiring and motivational words to your children regularly rather than uttering degrading language so that their esteem and security levels can soar appreciably. As children, it is valuable if you proclaim words to your parents that would make them feel treasured and cherished rather than insulted and injured.
Since wholesome words have so much worth attached to them, deciding to dump all dirty expressions from our lips and replacing them with decent ones may be an excellent gesture.