Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24 courtesy biblegateway.com
I have a love affair with words.
I like to write them down. I like to read them. I like to look up words.
I have used them for good- to encourage others. I have used them to tear down someone.
I use them in my journals. I use them in my drawings. I like to play with words.
Words fascinate me.
When I was a kid, I recall one trip we took with my cousin and Aunt. My sister, cousin and I spent the whole day writing as many words as we could come up with. We filled sheets and sheets of paper! I recall it being lots of fun! It’s a good memory for me.
Not like when I had to write sentence after sentence as a punishment. That was not fun. For anyone.
Many times, when I am speaking, words escape me. I can’t for the life of my think of the word I want, or I just can’t bring it to my mouth for some reason. Weird. But when I am writing, I can type the words I want, sometimes I can’t think of the word, but other words come to mind. Writing slows me down. I can take the time to think things through most of the time and then find the right words.
Another cousin, collected quotes. She had a little book of quotes that she had made out of note cards. That fascinated me. It was so pretty and she had obviously spent some time working on it. I remember that book and I always wanted to do something like it, but never have. Instead, now I have a pinterest board with quotes on it.
Words are fascinating. Some people can put words together and make beautiful songs, poems and speeches. Words have power. We can put words together and encourage each other, speak wisdom to those around us and build each other up. Books are made up of words that can create beautiful pictures in our minds.
Words can also be used to tear down and curse. Speeches can be made up of words that lie. Songs can be made up of words that are bad. Books are made up of words that create terrible pictures in our minds.
Some words can be said in ways that make us “just KNOW” there is another meaning insinuated. A word spoken can tell you your in SERIOUS TROUBLE!! Words can also be misconstrued. What is your attitude when you speak them?? How are you saying those words?? It makes a difference.
Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
Words alone, however, are not powerful. Words alone do nothing. But when words are used as a tool, like in writing, songs, speeches, they have the power to bring down or build up. We have, in this country, the freedom to use them freely. We can choose to listen, read or believe the words that are put out there. We can choose to turn away from what is bad and choose to hear the good. Or we can choose to listen to the bad and turn away from the good. We have the choice to write the good things or we can write things that are terrible.
Ultimately, each of us has the choice to read, hear, see the words that are good, encouraging, truth and helpful. Realizing that those are the words that encourage us, help us. Teach us and build us up. We have the power to put the book down, turn the song off, turn off the tv or movie, stop listening to lying speeches. Instead, we can search out the truth and find what is right.
We do have that choice yet.