I watched a short youtube video a few months ago called, "Speak with Conviction" by Taylor Mali. It stuck with me. Not only is it quite funny, it is so true and relevant to our world. But not only to our world, our religious world as well.
He speaks about how we have become the most aggressively inarticulate generation since "you know.....a long time ago!". We have inserted "you knows" and "you know what Im sayin" into our very speech and it has made us lose the very nature of declarative sentences. They used to declare things. Now, they simply invite all to jump onto their own bandwagon of uncertainty as they have not really put any thought into the things they have said.
Its quite true when you think about it. We dont "mean what we say, and say what we mean" anymore. We speak in a way that always leaves us a way out. We say things like "I dont remember saying that" or "I didnt mean it in that way" all the time. We dont take responsibility anymore for what we say. If we find ourselves having said something that isnt true we usually get mad at the person who pointed it out to us. We live with this idea that we are victims of every person and situation. We rarely say "Im sorry" and even more rarely say "I was wrong".
What has happened to our conviction? What has happened speaking the truth? So, maybe we should all take a minute and think about how we speak. Does your word mean anything to anybody? Do people constantly not believe you? Maybe you should stop for a moment, pray to God for a truthful heart and toungue, and start again. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Peoples souls are counting on it.