Words can cut.
People can be mean.
They can use words to hurt, to scar, to demean, and to put down.
Using gossip, sarcasm, name-calling, and swearing.
Words can create.
People can be build up.
They can use words to praise, support, and encourage.
Using compliments, positive affirmation, truth-telling, and laughter.
Watch your words. They have the power to create and destroy. I’ve been observing lately the patterns behavior with people and how they use their words. There are those who build up those around them and encourage others constantly with their positivity. And on the opposite spectrum, I’ve noticed those who use their words to tear people apart and demean them. Do the words that fill your ears, whether others’ or your own, fill you will negativity, gossip, or are toxic?
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29
You are also in control of your experience and attitude. If you are set on having a bad, crappy, miserable experience, then guess what?…that’s what you are going to get out life…a miserable attitude that affects those around you in a negative way. Even if you can’t control the things that happen to you, you can choose how you respond to your circumstances and the attitude that you take. If you choose a positive attitude and positive words, then those around you including yourself will be encouraged and built up even when life circumstances aren’t the best.
“But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:8-14
Listen to the words used around you, especially your own and choose your attitude to make your experiences positive. What world is created around you with words and your attitude?