Words about Words

Allow me to write a few words about words.

The right word

Said at the right time

In the right place

To the right person

In the right way

And for the right purpose

(The Expository Files)

They say sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Don’t be disillusioned:

Words stick.

Words sting.

Words strengthen.

Words scar.

Words hurt,

Words heal.

Words help,

Words hinder.

Words reconcile.

Words ruin.

Words bless.

Words blister.

Words build.

Words break.

Words create.

Words corrode.

Words carry.

Words chain.

Words affect.

Words advance.

Words promote.

Words pollute.

Words amend.

Words anger.

Words inspire.

Words insult.

The choice is your’s to make. What will be your choice today? My prayer is I will often have a “word fitly spoken” (Proverbs 25:11). Words do not fade; they or falter. They can be forgiven, but seldom forgotten. They can increase faith or fear.

One word, good or bad, can change an entire day, maybe even a lifetime. I sometimes say, “I don’t have bad moods. I give them!” How stupid! I don’t want my words to shred or splinter, being accused of assault with a deadly weapon. I find myself using sarcasm as if I don’t know it means to literally shred someone’s skin. It is a sharp and satirical attempt to be funny. Who am I kidding? Would it surprise you that I’ve literally stopped writing, and found a place to pray. Someone suitably said, “The tongue has no bones, but is strong enough to break a heart.” Words are seeds that are sown. They grow gardens—either weeds or wonders.

Dr. Seuss, in his wit and wisdom wrote, “To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.” Remember that, when you speak words.

Words challenge

Words count

Words convict

Words change

Let your words build somebody’s world today.