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A woman walked into a local newspaper office to see that the obituary for her recently deceased husband was properly written. The lady had always been known for her attention to details, second only to her famous sense of thrift. All that was left was his pickup truck to remind her of his presence.

The obituary editor informed her that the fee for the obituary was 50 cents per word. She paused, and then said, “Well, then let it read, ‘Billy Bob died.’ Although amused at the woman’s cleverness, the editor informed her, “Sorry, ma’am, but there is a seven word minimum on all obituaries.”This caused her to become a little flustered, and she thought things over for a few seconds. “In that case,” she said, “let it read, ‘Billy Bob died, 1983 pickup for sale.’”

For reasons that go far beyond finances we should learn to be people of few words, and we should strive to make those few words count.

Here are a few verses from Solomon…

"In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise."

Proverbs 10:19


"Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words."

Ecclesiastes 5:2-3

James said this…

"Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell."

James 3:5-6

Let our words be few. I would say a few more things, but...