Back in March, when the world closed down and we had to stop going to church, my two friends and I began to email. Every day we would send a dozen or so emails until our church reopened in May. In total, we sent each other 730 emails. If it was not for those emails, I’m pretty sure we would have gone crazy.
In those emails, we expressed ourselves with words; words are so important. They are the most powerful tool we have at our disposal, and it’s something we use every single day.
I am the aunt of six little kiddos, three of my kiddos love to talk. From the moment the sun rises, they talk and jabber , even after we put them to bed, they are still expressing themselves.
While my littles talk a mile a minute, and not really “care” what they say, we have the power with our words to do the most amazing things.
Our tongue is amazing, James 3 talks about the tongue and how powerful it is;
James 3:3-4 says
3 Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.
4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.
It’s amazing how the smallest thing controls something massive. A small rudder of a ship controls tons of metal, and James 3:5 goes on to say
Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!
A small spark can create a raging force of fire; I think we often underestimate how powerful our tongue can be.
Every day we use this “tool” God has given us, and we can use it in two different ways; we either speak or write. For authors and writers like myself, words are…well, life.
Research shows people use between 7,000 to 15,000 words per day…more if you are a wife or mom.
How much in a 10,000 words per day, do you use the words ‘thank you’? Or ‘please’? Or maybe compliment someone or say hi?
While we don’t know the full possibility of how we can use our words, we often don’t take full advantage of it.
We are living in a very negative time, hate words are being thrown around like bubbles, there is a lot of negative energy that could be turned into some positive vibes. And all it takes is some simple words of kindness.
From the busy city streets to the store parking lot, we come across so many different people. Each person you see has a complex life, as unique as us.
They have worries, fears, troubles, joys, sorrows, good times, and bad. And we could make that person’s day better with a simple “hello” or an act of “let me help you”. We know what would make our day better, and we have the power to do the same.
A rare ‘thank you’ to the check out person, a warm ‘hello’ to anyone, a helping hand to those who need it.
We have the ability to make someone’s day better, but we get so caught up in our world, we often don’t.
But, like any tool, you must use it carefully, because there is a dangerous side to this powerful recourse as well.
I have a theme verse and a theme song for my blog, the song is ‘Words’ by Hawk Nelson. Some of the lyrics go
Words can build you up
Words can break you down
Start a fire in your heart or
Put it out
Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You
I think sometimes we underestimate how words impact others, every word that comes from our mouth cannot be taken back. You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube.
So, before you speak, think
We use the same tongue to say something nice and edifying and then express how that particular driver should drive.
We can use the same energy to build up and to tear down.
So, use the positive energy, just THINK first.
Last Weeks Posts:
Monday’s Devotional: Think on These Things Part Two
Wednesday’s Post: Favorite Kids books, music and Other Random Topics