Monday, July 19, 2010

The Power of Words

A fresh blog site and a clean blog page. Where does a gal start?

I am having one of those weeks where there are a lot of things rattling around in my head with no where to go. In this crazy world of instantaneous information, where else would I go with my random thoughts but blog-world?
I may regret putting cursor to clean screen, but for now I am going to roll with it.

Here in the Midwest, the weather tends to be, well, fickle. Check out the picture I posted. It was taken on the 4th of July. The 4th dawned a rainy morning, broke out into a lovely afternoon and then had some very interesting but quick moving storm clouds blow through and drop a some showers in the early evening, followed again by clear skies. Three totally different weather scenarios in the same day.

Daily life can be like that. Some days just start out dreary. Most Mondays can be considered dreary. As much as we may love our jobs, days off are pretty great and returning to work is, well, returning to work. Ugh.

Even the dreariness of Monday can be lifted by a simple act of kindness, or a compliment, a genuine thank you, or even a simple smile. A sunny day can be ruined by a snide remark, a rude comment or a nasty phone call. The emotional weather pattern of your day can be changed by those around you. Words are powerful.

I have been reading the book of Proverbs during my devotional time. I have been amazed at how many times King Solomon touched on words and how the wise should use them. A few examples:

Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. (Proverbs 12:8)

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.  (Proverbs 15:1)

The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.  (Proverbs 15:2)

A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. (Proverbs 17:27)

How can we apply all this to our daily lives? Be aware of how YOU affect the emotional weather patterns in your home and work place. We have no control over others, but we do have control of ourselves. Sometimes the best response is no response (Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue. Proverbs 17:28) . Your comments and your response to others can keep the sun shining or bring in the storm clouds.

Words have great power. Use them wisely!
In His Peace -

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