Thought of the Day April 25, 2016

By 10:05 AM

"Words, words, words. Our society is full of words: on billboards, on television screens, in newspapers and books. Words whispered, shouted, and sung. Words that move, dance, and change in size and color. Words that say, 'Taste me, smell me, eat me, drink me, sleep with me,' but most of all, 'buy me.' With so many words around us, we quickly say: 'Well, they're just words.' Thus, words have lost much of their power. Still, the word has the power to create. When God speaks, God creates. When God says, 'Let there be light' (Genesis 1:3), light is. God speaks light. For God, speaking and creating are the same. It is this creative power of the word we need to reclaim. What we say is very important. When we say, 'I love you,' and say it from the heart, we can give another person new life, new hope, new courage. When we say, 'I hate you, we can destroy another person. Let's watch our words." (Henri Nouwen) Words are cheap and words are precious. Words can build up or destroy. Words can be meaningless or strengthening. How conscious are we of the many words we utter every day? Words that are said in love will make more of a difference than those said with anger or with very little thoughtfulness of the other. The words that flow from our mouths can never be recaptured; the effects of those words may be long lasting. Choose your words wisely; say them in love. Remember there will be a time of accountability for those words one day.

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