Because I think it does not necessarily mean I need to speak it. Sometimes I speak before I think. Are you guilty like me? As I realize and understand the value and impact of words, I desire to be more thoughtful before I speak. My desire is to have my spoken words to be words of love, that encourage, provides hope, and brings joy and laughter to people’s lives.
I ask myself, “Do I always use wise words making the most of every opportunity and is my conversations filled with grace?” Colossians 4:5
What do my words say about me? About you? Are my words pleasing to God? Are yours?
With a word God created the world, healed the sick, and cast out demons. Words are powerful.
What is in our hearts is revealed when we speak. Words can change the quality of our life for good or evil, affect our mood, change our behavior, cause us to stumble, to question our choices, or help us make wise choices. Our words have the same affect upon other people. One word can change my day, your day, your spouse, our children, our life, and the people who cross our path. Let us change our day and their day with kind, encouraging words that will impact their life for good.
When someone speaks sharp, unkind words to me in anger I wonder and question “Why”? Are they having a bad day? What did I do wrong? At other times I receive words that encourage and uplift me and make me smile.
I forget that my tone of voice is important and affects the impact my words have upon others. Our tone can reflect happiness, anger, impatience and frustration. Take time one day and listen to your words and listen to the tone of your voice. If you are like me when you are busy and preoccupied with work or a thousand other things, our tone can express irritability, annoyance, and aggravation which is projected upon our family, friends, and acquaintances.
A few ways that words impact our life:
- (1) create doubt and confusion in our minds and we question our choices
- (2) generate tears that overflow
- (3) cause anger that wells up within us
- (4) crush our spirit and the result is we feel hopeless and alone
- (5) instill fear and we become frightened
- (6) show love and generate passion within us
- (7) tarnish reputations and wrecks havoc upon people’s lives
- (8) sting and wound us
- (9) depress us and we experience sadness
- (10) demoralize us and the result is loss of confidence and hope
- (11) influence feelings of unworthiness
- (12) give us a sense of worthiness and confidence to be all we can be
- (13) bring us joy and laughter
- (14) brighten our day and we feel we can handle whatever comes our way
- (15) give us encouragement and hope to move forward
- (16) motivate us
As you and I go about our day my prayer is that we will treat others as we want to be treated.
August 5, 2015