The Power of Our Words
Words are containers of power (Ephesians 4:29). Careless words of contempt have the potential to hurt someone for a lifetime. Once spoken out loud, harsh words may take root in the fertile soil of the mind, producing feelings that we never intended. The words “I DO” at a wedding ceremony are very important, but the words “I'm with you” or “I love you no matter what you do” are more important.
Words of compassion are a real trip down inside the broken heart of a friend. Words of caring don't often bring loud acclaim and may never be known to a great many people. When deep pain is shared, fewer words are better. A smile of encouragement or even a tear can mean the most and a silent prayer for wisdom..
The words “Thank you,” a gift of time and understanding can change someone's outlook on life, maybe even helping with depression. The people that serve us each day at the local post office, grocery store, and library and those who work hard to provide lights, water, and garbage pickup are so deserving.
Looking back over the last few days, how have your words affected your family? Those we live with every day are often the most overlooked. We get many opportunities in a day to speak kind words, but it takes discipline and a quiet prayer at the start of the day to accomplish this. When I look back over my day, I always feel better when my words brought a smile. Try it—you'll like it!
How about a phone call to a senior citizen or an invalid? Take the time to listen, share their memories, and acknowledge their accomplishments when they were younger. Just a week ago, a friend, 92 years old, had a stroke and is now in Heaven. When she answered my telephone calls, her words of greeting were “Oh, Terri, I'm so glad you called. What did you do today? How is Hachi? Let's talk about Jesus.” On that day (a week ago), she heard the words she had longed for, for so long: “WELCOME HOME, ANDRA.” I will miss her cheery voice in spite of her great physical discomfort for many days and years to come.
Before I end this with you, remember:
What you think is temporary. What you say is forever.
Before speaking: is it true, is it kind, is it necessary?
You'll never look into the eyes of someone God doesn't love.
Lord, fill my mouth with worthwhile stuff and shut it when I've said enough.
I have indeed, said enough.