For the past month, I have been thinking about the power of words. Encouraging words, discouraging words.....we all know their power.
But what I have discovered is the odd way in which it sometimes does not matter where the words originate.....and in others.....
well, it makes all the difference.
Now, my family will tell me I'm doing a great job at something and I'm inclined not to believe them. Why is that?
Is it because they are my family and they are "supposed to say that"?
And what about the opposite? What if the WFP told me," Boy you are shaking all over the place, can't you do any better?"
Would I care?
And I probably wouldn't want to use it either.
But if someone close to me or even someone who does not know me very well tells me something negative or discouraging, it sears like a hot iron.
Why is that?
I can lose an entire day worrying over what is wrong with me to cause someone to say what they did. Why especially, do I care about what people who don't really know me think about me?
and discouraging words can tear down.......
mostly if they are not given
with a true assurance of love.
It is difficult to be encouraging, say,
when you are teaching a struggling learner and you keep doing the same things over and over
and over and over and over and ..........
well, you know......
it becomes a conscious act to figure out some way to stay upbeat and encouraging and not let an irritable word slip out......
because it will always find it's target.
It is useful to remember that encouraging words of TRUTH work whether they are given in person, machine or on paper.
Positive words from the Word of God pasted all over your house can lift your mood, change your state of mind.....hearing them, reading them, saying them.......it does not matter.
What you say to yourself is just as powerful because if you suffer from an occasional bout of "perfectionism"
you will only believe the negative things you tell yourself and easily dismiss the positive things.
If you are like me, that would be a good time to get out the WFP, if you have one, so you can hear an objective,
You have perfect posture!
You're doing Great!"
You may laugh, but I'm telling you,
it will make you smile.
"Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be." James 3:10 NIV
photos: Christmas car in Rothenburg Germany, Lantana, wisteria, north shore PEI by debbie r.