Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can
never REALLY hurt me.
It is official, I am a word nerd! A couple of weeks ago, I asked you to join me on a journey of Words. Thank you for coming along! Together, we have thought through the pros and cons of the way we speak. In case you missed any of those posts, here are the links:
There are so many categories of words. I’m sure I’ll look into more of them from time to time because I’m humbled by the power my words have for good or for evil. I read a quote by an unknown author that said:
“Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out.”
That reminded me of an object lesson my husband did when he taught our kids about the importance of words. He had them squeeze a whole tube of toothpaste onto a plate, then he asked them to put it back in. Of course, they could not! Words are the same way. Once they are out, there is no retracting them. They can be forgiven, but not erased. How important it is to make sure the words that get through the gateway of our lips are laced with grace and will benefit those on whom they land!
The common wisdom I hear is that “loose lips sink ships”. But I say not always! I want my words to flow freely when they are edifying. Can we agree to let loose when credit is due, or praise is earned?
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.Proverbs 3:27
We can honor God and those around us when we control our words, written, spoken, and contemplated. Are you inspired to take up the challenge? This may wrap up our little study for now, but I hope we maintain the awareness and intentionality we’ve discovered together as we’ve focused on our words.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.Psalm 19:14