Hard to Say

January 23, 2015


Are there any words you have a hard time saying? How about abstentious and subdermatoglyphic? I’m sure you use them all the time. Be glad you’re not a Biologist. The chemical name for the human protein titin is almost 190,000 letters long. It takes about three and a half hours to pronounce. Don’t worry, I will not attempt it on this program.


I have a friend who can’t pronounce the word spaghetti. Every time he attempts it, he says basketti.


“I said to him once, say spa.”
“Say ghetti.”
“Now say spa-ghetti.”
“Basketti,” he said.


A friend tries to say permanent, but it comes out “Pernament.” This has been a problem all his life. It’s a permanent problem for him. Library he turns into “libary.” A child I know says chopich for ketchup. Pass the chopich. My wife has a difficult time pronouncing sugar. “Shigar” she says.


How about you? What are some things that you have a hard time saying? One of them for me is “I’m sorry.” Say it with me: “I’m sorry.” I know it’s a hard one, but is there someone who should hear this from you today? What about the words, “I forgive you,” Or “youda best kiddo,” “I appreciate you,” “you’re doing a great job.” How about “I love you”? Many have a hard time getting these three words out. I’ve met people who admitted to me with tears in their eyes that Dad or Mom never once told them “I love you.” One guy told his wife, “I said I love you when I married you in 1954. If it changes I’ll let you know.” Maybe there’s something you need to say to someone. Don’t wait another day to speak life-giving words.


Proverbs 16:24 says this, “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” Your words can bring healing and life to someone today. Take the risk and say something nice you haven’t said before. Maybe you’ll need to practice a little. Work on the syllables. I’m gonna tell my wife I love her, then ask her for some shigar. Try saying a few things with me: “You make me proud.” How about this one: “Phil, you are the handsomest man this side of Japan.” Thank you. That means a lot.
And feel free to share with us in the comment section below. What are some things that you find hard to say?

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