“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.”

Here’s a saying that I must’ve said a hundred times in my life. First time I ever said it I must have been about 6 years old. It’s a good saying in the sense as to not let what people say hurt you, but in all honesty words do hurt. Some hurt real bad and others scar us. The bible says that “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Prov. 18:21 NIV

My husband is such an advocate on this subject, he is always reminding me to watch what I say and how I say it. Honestly speaking, it’s so easy to run one’s mouth these days. We don’t really put much thought into what we say because if we did we would choose our words carefully when talking to one another.

I really do try to watch my words, but some days it’s difficult. Especially when you’ve had a rather daunting day with the kids.

Proverbs 18 vs 21 reminds me that my tongue has so much power…I mean; life and death! That’s not something we should take lightly.

It’s as simple as this,  instead of telling my teenager that “that was stupid”, I could say, “let’s think of ways to do that differently this time”. It might take a moment of patience on my part, but it will help my son know that we all make mistakes and it’s okay to try again.

I saw a quote that said, “Speak to people in a way that if they died the next day you’d be satisfied with the last thing you said to them.”

There are so many people out there suffering with depression and anxiety, they are fighting battles we could never comprehend, why would we want to add to that? There’s no compassion left in this world anymore.

I have a friend, she is extremely sensitive, so I’m extra careful what I say around her because I wouldn’t want to hurt her in any way at all, but she runs her mouth around everyone… I thought to myself that I was going to give her a taste of her own medicine one day, but Jesus reminded me that that’s not very Christ-like of me, so I just smile and treat her how I would want to be treated, one day it will pay off, whether it maybe be here on earth or definitely in heaven.

I just want to encourage you to think before you speak, talk to people in a way that would put a smile on Jesus’ face, that He would say…”that’s MY child”.

I also want to encourage you to speak with love and compassion regardless of how others talk to you, lead by example! W.W.J.D?

In closing I want to leave you with this….yes sticks and stones may break my bones, but words hurt too, maybe even worse, so choose life over death…always…no matter how hard it is.