Sticks&StonesIt’s a lie. Absolutely not true. The rhyme I heard on the playground in elementary school is simply false. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Words matter. Words make a difference.

There’s a catchy song by Hawk Nelson that I can’t get out of my mind. The lyrics of the song “Words” go like this:

They’ve made me feel like a prisoner

They’ve made me feel set free

They’ve made me feel like a criminal

Made me feel like a king

They’ve lifted my heart

To places I’d never been

And they’ve dragged me down

Back to where I began

Words can build you up

Words can break you down

Start a fire in your heart or

Put it out

And then the refrain of the song is a prayer of hope and commitment: “Let my words be life, Let my words be truth, I don’t wanna say a word, Unless it points the world back to You.”

TasteWordsKing Solomon of ancient Hebrew fame said it this way, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). What if we each took that truth to heart every single day of our lives as leaders, parents, friends and neighbors. You are either going to bring life or death to your spouse, your children, your employee, your customer or a stranger today by what comes out of your mouth. That is powerful when you pause to reflect.

Every single day your words either encourage or discourage, build up or tear down, elate or deflate the people around you. What will the people you have conversations with today, experience?

Today, I’m flying from Florida to Oregon to spend a week with my parents and other family members. I plan to speak to every airport restroom worker that I see today and thank them for what they do to keep these busy restrooms clean. I can’t wait. It always seems to catch them by surprise and repeatedly brings a smile to their faces.

 

QUESTION: What is one thing you will do today to speak words of blessing to others? Please share it below so others are encouraged. Thanks!

 

8 responses to Sticks and Stones

  1. covenantheirs on October 21, 2013 at 3:33 PM Reply

    So true! I imagine if we as Christ followers are lifting up His name daily, we are sure to hit the bulls eye of speaking kind words to others. I am enjoying reading your posts, as well as challenged to become more like Jesus. Thanks for following my blog as well. Continue building a strong legacy of faith for the next generation(s). Nice looking family!

  2. Angela Pariso on October 17, 2013 at 8:53 AM Reply

    Great post- love the idea with the restroom workers. Going to do that myself next time I get a chance!

  3. Lillian Bradley on October 16, 2013 at 4:09 PM Reply

    I try to remember my words when I go to Walmart. I think the workers work so hard.. Talking to people on a daily bases, I try to bring out the best in them so they will feel better about themselves. I really have to practice that concept with God’s help. It is wonderful to stay positive too.

  4. Lynne Wilson on October 16, 2013 at 3:06 PM Reply

    I know the tongue can be cruel. I have been hurt many times by those who may not realize what they said. I hope you enjoy your trip. I will think of a way to complement someone today.

  5. Flora Sanchez on October 16, 2013 at 8:31 AM Reply

    The power of your words can make such a big difference on someone else. It can be a great up lifter or big downer, just think before you speak and choose your words wisely. A great way of seeing this is be yourself in this person’s receiving these words. This is what I believe and I use everyday as I come across people. Be an inspiration in any way that you can with the people around you. Thank you Dennis and I did post it on facebook because it’s important for others to know this.

  6. Steve on October 16, 2013 at 6:16 AM Reply

    Dennis, thanks for reminding me of the power of my words to either tear down or build up those who I come in contact with today. Have a safe trip.

    Steve

    • Johnnie Lawson on October 17, 2013 at 7:34 AM Reply

      Even a couple thousand miles away… I Hear and see Pastor Dennis sharing a better way… Enjoy your Family Visit…

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