The sermon this past Sunday was about words, and how they can hurt and harm. We are going through the book of James for the summer, and the verses for this week were about how the tongue is a small part of the body, but has a huge impact.
Since Sunday, I've been thinking a lot about the tongue, the words I say, the things I think, and how I want to me was nicer, way kinder and way more aware of the words I say every day to everyone I meet.
Sometimes I think if I could just actually see the words that come out of my mouth, I would definitely be more aware of them. I tend to speak without weighing my words sometimes, and when I do that in invariably leaves me looking silly or accidentally hurting someone else. I need to be more aware that words, all of them, carry power.
So, my goals as a result of Sunday are these:
- To choose kind words to speak, even when I want to say not nice things
- To choose to think about my words before I speak them and make sure the words I do use are the words that would lift someone up, not tear them down
- To choose to not say things that could be considered gossip or tearing-down of someone or some thing
- To be intentional about everything I say, think and write this week (and hopefully long after that)
- To share words that remind people they are loved, cherished and chosen
- To spend my words in prayer instead of complaint
- To not say things when I want to say them if there is even a chance they could be misconstrued.