January 12, 2016

The Power of Words


Hatred, jealousy, discontentment, bitterness, lack of joy.
There is a lot of that floating around these days. Why are some people so quick to spew hatred? It's really ugly.
One day into blogging, ONE DAY, I received some hate mail. An email describing why this person dislikes me and my blog. Sent only to discourage and disguised with "words of advice" on how to be a better me and a more influential blogger. This person listed several things I have done that seem rude, quite pathetic, and unauthentic to who I am as a person. Hidden behind anonymity, they assumed they knew the intentions of my heart without ever meeting me. They probably won't see this since they assured me they would NOT be following my blog, but I hope I can use this experience to shed some light.
It was just baffling, getting an email with so much yuckiness from a person I'm assuming I've never even met. I don't know why they took time out of their day to discourage, but it got me thinking. Am I quick to judge and quick to discourage someone? Do I assume the worst of people I don't even know?
This world is so desperate for kindness and love.
"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." We have all heard that phrase, we probably all used to chant it back and forth to each other in elementary school without even thinking. But that phrase right there, that's the biggest lie anyone has ever told. Words have so much power. Words have the ability to lift up or tear down. How do you use yours? The Bible talks about the tongue having the power of life and death. WHAT? That's intense. If that's the case, then I want my words to be life-giving, generous, and uplifting. I want my words to be used for good and not evil. After all, aren't we all just trying to conquer this crazy world together? Why the sense of competition? We aren't competing, what would we even be competing for? It's just silly, really. Why is negativity so easy and positivity a little harder to conjure within ourselves? I'm going to start checking my intentions before I speak. I want to use my voice and my words for nothing but good. I challenge you to do the same. After all, a negative word has power to tear down. Be mindful, be cautious, and do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Let's spread positivity and love as generously as we spread Nutella on toast. That's my goal, hope you will join me in spreading Christ's love this year and each year that follows.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for such a timely reminder to be slow to speak, quick to listen, and slow to become angry, Em! As your sister and someone who DOES know the intentions of your heart, I can confidently say-- sure, your face is beautiful and you appreciate a fun blog and a cute outfit, but when age has diminished those things in 30 or 40 years, the same kindness, grace, and humility you excercise now will adorn you even more so then-- because you are practicing and valuing them in your 20's. Thanks for challenging us to watch our words and look for the best in others. So proud to be your big sis! Love you!

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    1. Oh my goodness, Audrey. As my older sister and someone I admire and look up to, I appreciate those life giving words more than you know. Thank you for always encouraging and cheering me on. I love you!

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