Mere Talk

Early in my radio career I ran across Proverbs 14:23

“All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.”

Not the scriptural encouragement that confirms a young DJ’s choice of profession.

Fortunately, I understood that what I had been called to was more than just “mere talk”. And although radio isn’t necessarily the quickest route to financial fortunes, with God’s blessing It has provided.

But it was another verse that helped me understand that what we do is so much more than “mere talk”. It’s in the letter Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus. He says that part of living this Christian life is “speaking to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs…”. In a way, we get to do that every day. Sure, we may not sing the songs, but we put them out there for any and all to sing along with. We help people find the encouragement they need to face the day. We play songs that affirm their faith and reinforce the truth that they are not alone, that grace is real and that they are loved.

And in between the songs we provide some humor (because laughter is a good medicine) and some truth.

For that, this night owl will drag himself out of bed before the sun 5 days a week.

So instead of the “mere talk” of Proverbs 14:23, I’ll strive to let my words live up to a simple prayer found in Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my Redeemer.”

On that note, pour some coffee and have a good show.

Dave Cruse
The JOY FM – Music Director/Morning Show

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