Our words are so incredibly powerful; the words we speak to others and the words we speak to ourselves.
Our words can delight the heart or devastate the mind.
They can be instruments of peace and hope or chaos and destruction.
We can wield them as weapons or whisper them like salve over deep wounds.
We all know the power of our words, and yet we speak them with such carelessness, such blatant disregard for the impact they will make upon landing.
There is an ancient biblical proverb that says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue . . . "
The Power of Death and Life
I had a friend of mine who's father went into surgery for a minor hernia repair. No big deal, even given his advanced number of years. They were assured it was a very simple procedure; he'd be in and out before they knew it.
After some time, two doctors came out (they never deliver bad news alone), each removing their surgical caps, almost in unison. She and the rest of her family stood up, surprised and each sensing the impending doom that had sucked the oxygen out of the room.
Due to a slight error in the way some medication was administered, a medication designed to regulate his heart rate during surgery, her father had suffered a heart attack and they could not revive him. He died on the table.
Imagine the shock of that. A simple medication, designed to give life, but instead delivered a deadly blow.
Thus is the impact of our words.
Though they have the power to give life, if spoken carelessly, they can bring death and destruction.
Choosing My Words
I have thought so much about my words lately; about the ones I speak, and the ones that remain thoughts in my head, threatening to spill out over those I love . . .
. . . and those I struggle to love.
God gave each of us the ability to speak. He also gave us the power to give life, and hope, and encouragement with our words or to use them to bring devastation and destruction.
All that to say, we have the power of death and life on the tip of our tongue. Today, for one whole day, speak each word as a gift and measure the life that it brings to your soul.