The raw material of language is to the mind what chewing gum is to the jaw. (Paraphrase of Antonin Scalia, late Supreme Court justice)

Words, words, words! We’re besieged with text messages, blogs, podcasts, and “talking heads.” It’s more than the mind can digest, but Justice Scalia paints a word-picture that could help us make sense of the constant flow of words. As a cow chews her cud to digest her food, so we must take the time and effort to pay attention to words and grasp their significance.

The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain (Proverbs 10:11). And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak (Matthew 12:36).