Let My Words Have Impact for the Good!

Words have impact.  Did you know that?

I'm amazed by the power of words in today's modern technology era.  We can say something without much thought, and it can cause an uproar in a matter of nano-seconds.

Take Facebook for instance.  Two days ago, a largely popular media marketer who claims to be a Christian, strayed from her usual chipper, promotional self, to a rant about police officers and a certain situation she had no first-hand knowledge of.

Normally, I would turn the other way, but because this person has such a ginormous following, I couldn't help but comment.  Her words had impact and sway, and on so many who hang on her every move.

Soon after, a firestorm of folks - for and against law enforcement and in support of or against this person's viewpoint stacked one on top of another.  Truly, words had touched a nerve...for me...for others.


They can wound or they can heal.  They can disrupt, causing a backlash of hatred.

How many fights have erupted between husband and wife because of words not properly handled?  How many times in our modern day history have words, whether true or untrue have disrupted classroom settings, church meetings, election processes, etc., or have caused unfavorable repercussions leading to broken relationships?

A flippant word can slash like a knife.  It can leave a lasting impression.

On the other side, however, the Bible tells us, "Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones."  Your kind words may just be the salve that someone needs on their hurting heart.

The inspiring words we type or put into a thousand books may be the catalyst for change - the tool God uses to motivate and turn a wayward soul.  

Encouragement you give today to a co-worker or child may be the domino effect to a great ministry or deed which helps more people than you could ever imagine.

Today, may our words be well thought out.  May they promote peace and unity.  May our words lift up and encourage instead of tearing down and belittling.

May our words bring life just as the One who created our mouths would have us do. 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. -
Psalm 19:14