It really is true: Words (your words, my words) can bring “Life” and “death”.
For the past week I have been thinking about the Power of words. It started from some conversations and some things I was reading and then on Saturday, in the middle of a run, someone (a daily speaker of “life words” to others) said, sort of casually with a couple of other people around, “When you leave Dawn you always leave wanting more Dawn”.
Now, I don’t write this for everyone to say “it’s true” or “how sweet” or anything else like that- I write it to say this: Those words spoke Life to me in that moment. Because the truth is, for the past few weeks, I’ve not really been wanting to spend more time with myself. In fact, I’ve been more and more aware of all the little things I do that are not very “attractive” and all the thoughts and feelings I fight with alot of days- “ugly” things like envy, bitterness, frustration, judgement, short-temperedness, self-righteousness, impatience…the list goes on and on. I know, I know, we all feel those things ( I think?) but I had been really noticing/convicted by them and been speaking some negative/”death” words to myself. But- that comment turned me around and made me see the power of words, whether we speak them to ourselves or we speak them to others.
Since Saturday, I have had multiple conversations and experiences that have cemented this concept into my head, and have had some very motivating, inspriring conversations that have served to really drive the points home:
What we say- to ourselves and others- really does matter.
What we allow into our lives- what (and who) we seek out and fill our minds, times and energy with can either discourage or inspire us.
There is always room for growth.
So, this one is short, because I want to hear from you- really I do- I’m looking for some specific examples. What are some times people have spoken life (or death) to you? Who was it? How did it change your life? When have you seen the results of speaking life or death words to someone else?