The Power of Words

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. - Psalm 19:14
 
My friend was watching the NBA’s slam-dunk contest with his 10-year-old son Zachary, and his 12-year-old son Brock.  After a spectacular dunk by a player about four inches shorter than his dad, Zachary asked, “Why can’t you slam-dunk like that, dad?  Are you too fat?”
 
As my friend was about to respond, his eldest son Brock chimed in: “Zachary, Dad isn’t too fat; he weighs the same as Michael Jordan.”  My friend’s chest swelled.  Not only was he raising a real genius, he’d discovered that, in his son’s eyes, he was actually “like Mike.”  But all that abruptly ended with Brock’s closing comment: “Dad’s not too fat.  He’s just too old.”  
 
Words are powerful, and rarely neutral.  If you want yours to be agents of blessing, they must always be spoken in truth and love.  Think about your words before you speak, and look for ways in which your words will bring God glory. 
 
“Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will break our hearts.” - Robert Fulghum (1937-    )
 
 

 

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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.