Words have power! When one chooses words to express a message, they should choose them very carefully. Why? Well, quite simply, once words leave your mouth, you can’t take them back. And, the old saying of “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is not true.
Ask the wife who was rejected by her husband. Ask the child who never heard “I love you.” Ask the person who’s been called a loser. They will tell you that the words, or lack of them, send a deeper message and cut like a knife.
The late Jim Rohn, motivational business philosopher, author and speaker of the NSA (National Speakers Association) said it best. “What if you told your teenage daughter, ‘What’s WRONG with you,’ when what you meant to say was ‘What’s TROUBLING you?’ WOW! That’s too big a mistake to make!”
Words can conquer nations, generate fear, hatred and move one to murder. Look at what one man did in Nazi Germany with the power of his words.
However, they can also encourage and build up. They can give hope, calm fears and paint a smile where only despair reigned moments before, like the words “I forgive you” or “I love you.”
The proper words can change a life. I once heard Jim Rohn say, “If you work hard on your job, you’ll make a living; if you work hard on yourself, you’ll make a fortune.” Those words changed my attitude about education and hard work and my journey began.
He also said, “Readers are leaders.” So I started to read. The problem was I didn’t have much of a library, but then I thought to myself, “I have 66 books I can start with. And, these books tell stories on both sides of the ledger,” The Bible.
Now whatever your beliefs may be one thing you can’t deny is that the words of the Bible have life changing power. They have lasted more than 4,000 years and have been the reason for wars, sacrifice, much love, hope and change. Whether you accept it to be the Word of God or not, one thing you need to ask yourself is, “Words that powerful and life changing must have something to them. Should I not at least read them for myself?” After all, reading a book won’t kill you nor make you sick. If anything, it will give you the ammunition to stand by your convictions, or it may reveal something you never expected. Either way, don’t you think they deserve your inspection?
Remember that ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is a thief determined to rob you of the gift you have within you to share with and enrich you and those you love. So if that is true, YOU JUST HAVE TO KNOW! I challenge you today to choose to be different, to choose to know and to arm yourself with the knowledge that can lift you up, change your perspective and put you on a path that may surprise you.
Whether you choose to use or not to use what you’ve read, one thing no one will be able to say is that you speak from ignorance. If anything, it will arm you with a vocabulary of words that will allow you to deliver a powerful message! Who knows whom that message may touch. I invite you and hope you are up to the challenge.