by: Staci Stallings
I’m sure my last post I sounded like Debby Downer–telling you how easy it is to hurt someone with your words and asking if you’d ever used words to hurt someone out of stress or anger or fear.
Well, before you completely stop using words (I know, right?!), I want to give you a thought…
If we have established that words can hurt you, then today I want to present the flip side:
Know Your Words are Powerful!
Then use them to:
If you never learn another thing from me, if this is the last time you ever come here, if you never read another word I write, PLEASE get this lesson! It can change your whole world!
Learn to use your words in a way that inspires the situation.
If someone comes and says, “I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Things always turn out so rotten.”
You have the CHOICE to say, “I know this last thing didn’t work, but that doesn’t mean nothing has. Remember the time you….”
“You are so smart. I just know you’re going to come up with the perfect solution!”
When you use your words like this, you will attract rather than repel, you will inspire and build up… you will literally CHANGE THE WORLD of the person right in front of you.
Now, admittedly this is not easy because
#1 We don’t always know what to say
#2 We’ve never been taught to think this way or to speak this way
#3 It doesn’t come naturally for most of us, it must be learned and practiced
#4 No one is going to model this for you (don’t believe me? Watch 10 minutes of television!)
#5 It’s just easier not to
#6 It takes patience and listening and time (and truthfully we think we just don’t have those to give to it)
#7 It takes us being calm and loving (yeah, again… not easy!)
#8 Most of the time, if God doesn’t help us do it, we’re SUNK!
Now, #8 is how I know this is of God because God never gives us the easy thing to do. He never says, “Ah, you can totally handle this on your own. You are plenty loving and kind…”
Nope, He knows going in we’re going to NEED Him to accomplish this!
And that’s just what He wants!
So, here’s your assignment, should you choose to accept the challenge.
For today… Use your words ONLY to heal, inspire, encourage, praise, lift up, comfort, and love.
Then come back here and let us know how much difference those “just words” can really make