What Power Are Your Words Packing?
Words are not simply sounds caused by air passing through our larynx. Words have real power. God spoke the world into being by the power of His words. The power of our words can actually destroy one’s spirit, even stir up hatred and violence. They not only exacerbate wounds but inflict them directly. Of all the creatures on this planet, only man has the ability to communicate through the spoken word.
Our words have the power to destroy and the power to build up
Words cannot change reality, but they can change how people perceive reality. Words create filters through which people view the world around them. A single word can make the difference between liking a person and disliking that person.
Gary Chapman in his book, Love as a Way of Life uses the vivid metaphor for words as being either ‘bullets or seeds’. If we use our words as bullets with a feeling of superiority and condemnation, we are not going to be able to restore a relationship to love. If we use our words as seeds with a feeling of supportiveness and sincere good will, we can rebuild a relationship in positive and life-affirming ways.
How are you choosing the words you speak to those you love? Do you think about how those words will be heard? Understand that good communication is not being heard it is being understood and creating a change.
Sarah Abell who writes at NakedHedgehogs.com talks about “thinking” before you speak. That is, asking yourself is it:
When I think of the times I wish I’d stopped and used “THINK” before speaking! The good news is that regardless of how you’ve used words in the past, tomorrow is a new day.
You can use words differently, to encourage and to inspire, to share your needs, to set boundaries, to give encouraging feedback that improves the world around you. All it takes is choosing your words wisely.
Why not use the power that created the world (in Genesis chapter 1 when God spoke (verses 22, 28, and 29) to create a world class change in those you encounter today.
Words are powerful, powerful tricky slippery little things they can not be tossed about like fish at the Settle Fresh Market. We must become intentional about the words we use and how we use them.
I love silence, maybe it’s since I realize how powerful words are?