Life and Death

Our words carry power. They have the power to usher in life or the power to bring about death. There are days that I live in this and get this right.

I breathe life into my kids. I build up my wife. I am life-giving to my friends. Then there are times that I take this truth for granted. I run down my kids. I forget how fragile their hearts are. I throw darts at Trisha with my words. I spray venom with the words I say to my friends.

My words matter. My words have weight. My words create or my words tear down. I see it in the face of my kids. I see it as I talk to my wife. I feel it as I am on the receiving end of potent words. I usually notice this truth after it is too late.

Why are we so careless with our words?

We often we forget their power…we take for granted their influence…we overlook their potential. We encounter so many words and we say so many words we don’t realize how critical they can be in the lives and hearts of those we love most.

Words carry life:

I love you

I’m proud of you

I believe in you

I choose you

I forgive you

I’m sorry

You are special

You look beautiful

Thank you

I see potential in you

I appreciate you

You have what it takes

Maybe it is a friend; maybe it’s your wife; maybe it’s your kids; maybe a parent or a sibling…

Who needs you to breath life into their soul today with your words?

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21

2 Responses to Life and Death

  1. georgestull

    Justin…great post…i was just sitting down to right a post on the ‘power of a compliment’ when I saw ur tweet!

  2. Justin…Thanks for this reminder! I really have to focus on my words… thinking back over the weekend, I can really see how my words effected my family! I need to breathe life into their souls today! Blessing to you!