Happy mid-October! Can you believe we’re in the last quarter of 2015 already? It doesn’t seem possible, yet here we are. And for those like me who usually make gifts for Christmas…mid-October also means only about 10 weeks left to make those gifts! Time to get crafting…
Onto today’s devotional thought…
“According to the Bible, the power of life and death
is in the tongue,
and we often have to eat our words.
I wonder how many times in our lives we say,
‘I’m afraid I’ll get the flu that ‘s going around.’
‘With the way the prices are going up,
I’m afraid I won’t have enough money.’
‘I’m afraid if I don’t go the party,
people will think badly of me.’
If we heard a recording of every time in our lives
we have said, ‘I’m afraid,’
we would probably be amazed that our lives are going
as well as they are.
If we really understood the power of words,
I think we would change the way we talk.
Our talk should be confident and bold, not fearful.
Fearful talk not only affects us in adverse ways,
but it affects those around us.
Don’t underestimate the power of words.
Pray: Lord, show me the ways I need to change
the way I talk.
Help me to break the bad habits I’ve adopted
and the negative words I repeat over and over.
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
I’ve never believed the old adage that says, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” It has been my unfortunate experience that hurtful words spoken many years ago still affect me today on occasion, when something happens to trigger memories involving those hurtful words.
I also have my regrets about words I’ve spoken in haste many years ago, without contemplating their impact, that hurt other people and have lingering effects in relationships even now.
Words are indeed powerful and we can choose to speak words that are harmful and hurtful, that tear others down, or choose words that are helpful and uplifting, that build others up. It’s a matter of thinking before we speak, and choosing our words carefully.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Can you relate to the quotes and the devotional for today? Can you clearly remember words said to you – or that you said to others – that were hurtful and had a detrimental effect on you or others?