Use words as tools to lift others up, NOT as weapons to tear others down! Have you ever considered how important your words are, and how they can impact you, your life, and those around you? Words really are containers of power, either constructive or destructive, and they can have an impact on our hopes and goals in our journey through life.
Ponder these inspirational thoughts for this Monday in mid-August…
“Your life is greatly impacted
by the words spoken to you.
Likewise, your words impact
the lives of those around you–
for better or worse.
That’s a sobering thought.
Many people have been crippled with insecurity
because their parents spoke words
of judgment, criticism, and failure to them.
These wounded people can be healed
by receiving God’s unconditional love,
but it takes time
to overcome the wrong image
they have of themselves.
That’s why it is important to use your words
for blessing, healing, and building up
instead of for cursing,
wounding, and tearing down.
If you’ve been wounded by words,
be quick to receive
God’s unconditional love.
Let Him heal any unhealthy images
you may have of yourself.
If you have been fortunate enough
to escape such damage,
determine your words will bring
blessing and healing to others.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
I confess I have been guilty of not always using positive, encouraging words; and I have been a victim of some very vicious, negative words as well.
In my opinion, there’s no truth to the old “sticks and stones” saying, because words certainly CAN be hurtful and inflict emotional damage that lasts much longer than many physical injuries.
I would much prefer to speak kindly and be encouraging to others–and be the recipient of the same!
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you agree that our words are powerful, for better or worse?
Can you recall times of either saying or hearing unkind, hurtful words, and remember their harmful effect on you or others?