November 18

Our words echo down the years

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord” (Psa. 19:14).
“How forcible are right words” (Job 6:25).

Peter Ainslie, in his little book, God and Me, says: “It has been estimated that the average person consumes about five hours a day in conversation, covering about fifteen octavo pages an hour, the space covered by the ordinary public speaker, from which it is concluded that the average person makes a weekly volume of 525 pages and, covering 70 years, the conversation of one person would make a library of 3,640 octavo volumes. What an immense individual library! What is it worth? If I have left on those pages thoughts of God, forgiveness, longsuffering, kindness, meekness, be my life ever so obscure and insignificant, I shall have made a library grander than the Congressional in Washington, or the British Museum in London, or the National in Paris, or the Imperial in St. Petersburg, or the Royal in Berlin.”

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