I'm sure there have been ad nauseum studies on the subject, like the number of words we speak, read and/or hear each day. Suffice it to say: Words (or the intent behind them) generate stuff.
The same holds true for the lack of them, for surely actions do speak volumes. Unwords connote stuff too.
I think that's why I was so taken with a phrase I read in one of my daily devotionals. The devotee collected his thoughts with these words:
"... the most delicate shades of Christian love
are manifested (in sacrificial living) ... ".
Can't you just see it? Instead of hues vermillion or chartreuse, the sort of living described is best painted in pastels with words the shade of apricot, butter, mint.
Such living - the type born of selflessness - is anything but garish or obtuse (think Rodney Dangerfield); nor does it need or beg notice. No bullhorn is required. A banner isn't necessary to herald one's entry.
No, such a life is gentle, nuanced, exquisite (think Helen Keller). It makes it's way quietly, circumspectly, without demand. It doesn't draw attention, though it may be captivating if discovered. It's the embodiment of Romans 12 or 1 Corinthians 13.
Delicate shades of Christian love ...
If that isn't a word-picture I don't know what is.
Words - so innocent and powerless as they are,
as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good
and evil they become int he hands of one who
knows how to combine them.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
Words which do not give the light of Christ
increase the darkness.
~ Mother Theresa
A good man brings good things out of the
good stored up in his heart,
and an evil man brings evil things out of the
evil stored up in his heart.
For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
~ Luke 6:45