Discipline Your Language

Today, watch what you say.  Specifically, as a witness in this election season keep yourself from saying the words that draw instant judgement without a lot of content–words like Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative, fundamentalist, evangelical, mainline, etc.  These are words that obscure more than helping to communicate, which at its base means to share.  Seek instead to use language that shares ideas and brings others together.

Write down the list of words you won’t use today and keep a tally of which words you slip in using.  Pray that God will help you communicate with others instead of using cheap language to assert ideas without creating shared understanding.

About Ragan Sutterfield

Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.


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