Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.  Psalm 19:14.

Words are powerful.  They can create or destroy.  They can build up or tear down. What we often don’t realize is how powerful our words are when we aren’t paying attention. 

For example, a group of people that I know and work with decided to have a four-hour working session beginning at 5:30 pm on Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend.  While my husband and I had planned to spend the weekend “camping” in our fifth-wheel, we offered to host the working session at our house and indicated that we would cook hamburgers for the group.  Everyone else was invited to bring a dish to share.  Eight people out of the group indicated that they could attend, so we bought hamburger for a crowd and came home early from our weekend to get ready. 

At 5:30, my husband began cooking the hamburgers.  One person called to indicate that she would be late because her brother was in the hospital; two others finally came at 6:45; and the one who called arrived at about 7 pm.  So out of the eight people we were expecting, three came.  Only one of the others called. 

I was disappointed—disappointed at the lack of communication, disappointed that my husband had worked so hard when so few people came, and frankly, disappointed that we, too, hadn’t just forgotten the whole thing. 

The reality is that we often are unaware of the actual impact when what we say doesn’t match what we do.  Yet we sometimes throw our words around as though what we say does not or ‘should not’ matter.  I invite you to pay attention to your words:  If you say you will do something, do it; make sure that your words are helpful, not hurtful or unkind; use your words to create a new way of looking at something or to build someone up.  You may be surprised at the result!

Barbara Moore
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