There are 171,476 words in current use in the Oxford English Dictionary. There are 47,156 obsolete words. That’s a lot of words. An average woman speaks 20,000 words a day and an average man speaks 7,000. A typical person can speak 125 words-per-minute. That’s a lot of words.
I am loving the audio book app, Audible (other apps are available). This year I’ve listened to ‘Dare to serve’, ‘The dark web’, ‘Leadership pain’, ‘Questions of Faith’, ‘Soar!’ ‘Atomic habits’, ‘Hearing God’, ‘Excellence wins’, ‘FAKE’, ‘The road back to you’, ‘Tower of Basel’, ‘God sleeps in Rwanda’, ‘Aftermath’, ‘Rebel ideas’ and my current download is ‘REVOLution’. Then I had a tip off from a colleague about Borrow-Box, a free service from Lancashire libraries. Here I’ve managed to listen to ‘Finding my virginity by Richard Branson’, ‘Skin in the game’, The Mindful leader’ and ‘P x W x R = Power score’. Maybe spend some time this week sharing some of your recent reads (or listens).
That’s a lot of words! There has been a lot of good advice and challenges contained in those listens. But listening is only the start. It’s action, Jesus says, that builds wisdom.
The words of Jesus are a challenge to us all. The cost of listening to good advice and not putting it into practice is that you may as well have not heard it in the first place. That is why we focus on ‘Challenge and Action’ in our form time worship activities. The blessing of putting good advice into practice is that when troubles come (as they always do), we can withstand them.
My challenge for us all this week is to consider the words we hear and be more deliberate about putting them into practice. This way, we can live life to the full, no matter what comes our way.