Monday, January 2, 2012

The Power of Our Words . . .

The beginning of the new year is often a time for us to stop and think about the things we do, the words we say and any changes we might like to make . . . sadly, most "New Year's Resolutions" we make are all too quickly forgotten. I would, however, like to encourage you to consider making . . . and most certainly keeping . . . the following "resolution"; let "Your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person." (Colossians 4:6 - NIV) While I realize this verse is talking about how we interact with those who do not believe in Jesus, I do believe the principle certainly applies to the way we talk to and with everyone!

My friend, Maralee McKee the Manners Mentor, recently said, "What a parent says to their child won't be heard on the news or read in the paper. However, it will echo throughout his life, shaping it and the lives of his family for generations which follow." She is so right! Just as a harsh or careless word can wound, so can gracious, kind, patient and loving words heal, encourage and strengthen. I'm sure we all want our grandchildren/children to experience words which heal, encourage and strengthen them! So, as you begin 2012, commit yourself to being a person who "seasons" your speech so the "echo" of your words "shapes" with grace your grandchildren, children and all others who hear them!

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