“If I had a dime…”

“If I had a dime for every time I’ve……I’d be a rich man.” Have you heard that old, country phrase before? Maybe you’ve used it in your own conversations. I’ve personally used it after church functions. When I’m moving chairs and tables back to their appropriate positions in our Family Center at Faith Village after church functions, I often think to myself (and have said on numerous occasions), If I had a dime for every chair I’ve moved in a church building, I would be a rich man.” It’s not far from the truth. I could possibly retire or be very close to it. I’ve been moving church chairs since I was old enough to lift them.

Just a quick thought for today—if you had a dime for every time you talked about Jesus, would you be a rich man? How would it affect your retirement accounts? Or checking accounts? Or saving accounts? How often does the Son of God roll off your tongue, and for what reasons?

If you had a dime for every time you mentioned Jesus the past seven days (in the right way, of course), would it pay for that meal you’ll eat after church today? Would it fill up your gas tank? Would it pay your electrical bill?

The Psalmist of Psalm 146 wrote, “I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” (Psalm 146: 2).

It’s estimated the average man says 7,000 words a day, while the average woman says 20,000 words a day. That 13,000 word spread is more believable than the fact that men actually say 7,000 words; but regardless of the exact number of words we speak, the majority of our conversation should praise God our Father and Christ our Savior. That conversation really matters. That conversation truly edifies. That conversation sets us apart from the world.

So ask yourself, “If I had a dime for every time I talked about Jesus, would I be a rich man?” The money doesn’t matter, but the dialect does. And God waits to cash your deposit.

Jacob Hawk serves as the Pulpit Minister for Faith Village Church of Christ in Wichita Falls, Texas. He holds both bachelor and master’s degrees in Bible from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. He and his wife, Natalie, have three sons-Hayden, Hudson, and Hewitt.