“You learn uniquely, see things differently, and we can glean a lot from your perspective.”
“You’re too hyper!”
“You’re energy and perseverance is a gift. You will make a difference in the world one day!”
“The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit. ”
Proverbs 18:21 NIV
Words build us up. Words tear us down. Words are tied into our perspective and how we see people. When I look at a child refusing to obey their parent do I see a stubborn brat or do I see a child who is perseverant and just needs help guiding that trait into a positive direction? When my child is arguing with me do a see an insolent child or a child that needs a little help in honing their negotiation skills? How will I choose to react to that child? Will I answer negatively and reactively or positively and proactively? The choice of how I view the situation and use my tongue is up to me.
How do I use my tongue? Do I use it to build other’s up by speaking life into them and encouraging them or do I use it to tear others down by using cutting words? Do I speak words that bring life to the souls of others or do I bring death? Do I gossip about others? Do you find fault in them? Or can I look past the weaknesses in others and see their giftings, and point those out, helping to sow into them, water them, so that one day they will blossom and bear good fruit?
When I started this blog my goal was for it to bring encouragement to others. I know from experience how difficult life can be. As someone who struggles (often silently) with depression, anxiety, and fear of failure, I know how powerful words are whether they are spoken by others for oneself. Let’s vow to speak life-giving words. Words that build others up rather than tear them down. Words that encourage rather than discourage. Words that bring life and hope rather than death and despair.
The picture that I posted above (Ignore my reflection in the glass 😉 LOL) is a watercolor painting that I made to go with the attached poem, The Snake, that I wrote awhile back. (The link is below.) Though I don’t feel like I paint well, I continue to paint because I find it relaxing. It doesn’t matter if the picture is perfect or museum worthy. What matters is that I am doing something that is fun to me. I do it for me. I enjoy it. I encourage you all to do the same. Find something that you enjoy doing even if you don’t feel like you do it well. Tell yourself that it doesn’t matter how others see it. What matters is that you enjoy it and it’s relaxing to you. 🙂 Speak words of encouragement to yourself. You are worth it!
Today’s post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: Speak
(For Five minute Friday we “Write for five minutes on the word of the week. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write.” (Quote from FMF site.)