What I’m about to share with you, should go without saying but I’ll the more that I survey society, the more that this simple truth comes back to mind. Simply put, there is profound power in our words.
Our words can become a sense of life and death, not only for ourselves but for those around us. The power of our words extend to every facet of our lives, in our work places, in our ability to coach and lead others and most certainly in our home lives.
In my estimation we as a people are so flippant with what we allow to spill from our lips, you may respond by saying that, it’s not your responsibility for how some one else chooses to respond. While that is correct, it is still on you to learn to not only control what you say, but to also think before you speak.
Once again, we are all leaders in one way or another, and we have the ability to write with our words on the soul of another with what we say. We have the ability to encourage, build up and inspire. Or we have the ability to wound others with what we say, the time we have with people in our lives is so small. So do you want to be known for the amount of trash that comes from your mouth? Or do you want to be one who provides life and healing?
I’m not saying that fun and joking cannot be had, be there is still a vast difference in making someone laugh and making others feel even worse with crude humor. You can really know what battle someone is facing on the inside, so that is all the more reason to be mindful of what comes out of your mouth. Our words, in a sense can be that of a small spark, a spark that can start an entire fire. This fire can be one that ignites the human soul to fly, or it can be a very of destruction. These are the only real options that we have when it comes to our words. So may we become more cognoscente of every word, every thought that comes to mind. Is it useful? Will what I say actually build others up or have the potential to rip someone apart? If you want to lead others well, it starts by learning how to reign in our mouth. Even the things we say to ourselves, because also what we say to ourselves creates a multi-level narrative that plays out inside of us. For just one example, if we tell ourselves that we are worthless and no good, what do you think is going to happen?
Unless we take control of that narrative, it will spill over onto every aspect of our lives. This, if left un-resolved will keep us stuck and we will be unable to move any further into our God given callings. So now, the mission becomes for you to heal. And though this journey and path may be difficult, if you do not choose to embark on it, you will never know the beauty of what is on the other side of the pain. Only when you choose to let go of the pain, and let forgiveness be your greatest weapon, can you actually become free. Then, and only then can you start to help and lead others. Our words are in a sense a legacy, so choose them wisely, even the ones we say to ourselves.