Monday, August 3, 2015

31 Ways~

It's amazing to me the sheer "power" these consonant and vowel laden creations contain.

Letters, placed together, all in an attempt to convey a thought, an emotion, a reaction.

Every day, you and I engage in conversation.
A joke here.
A comment there.
A "have a nice day" here.
A "what were you thinking?" there.

On and on, all day long, words spewing from our mouth with no end in sight.

And yet, I wonder how often we stop to contemplate our words and the impact they are having on those around us.

Don’t use foul or abusive language. 
 Let everything you say be good and helpful, 
 so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. 
~ Ephesians 4:29 NLT 

Watch the way you talk. 
 Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth.
 Say only what helps, each word a gift. 
~ Ephesians 4:29 MSG 

I've written with them,
written about them,
and wrestled without them time and time again.

And, I've also
heard them,
received them,
and been wrestled to the ground because of them.

" . . . so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them."

". . . each word a gift."

No matter what we feel we need to say,
be it
a word of congratulation,
a word of correction,
a word of inspiration,
a word of rejection,
a word of recommendation,
a word of protection,
a word of stipulation -
what we say and the way we say it matters.

Everything can and should be said in a way that is helpful, useful, encouraging.  A gift.

Little bundles of letters that when unwrapped to reveal their true meaning can either
lift up or tear down,
inspire or deflate,
heal or wound,
unite or undo,
bless or curse.

What are my words speaking into the lives of others?

What are yours?


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