I came across something in “Jesus Calling” (August 3) that talked about the power of words – “to bless or wound.”
Words are so powerful! Even if I take them back, (and so often I seem to blurt something out that I never really meant to say), it doesn’t seem to matter. The damage is done. No one can truly unhear what’s been said.
Jesus Calling describes “the ability to verbalize” as “an awesome privilege,” and so it is. With privilege comes responsibility. The tiles in this image remind me that I have choices in the words I use; the colored pencils remind me that my words color my own experience of life as well as the experience of life that those around me - blessing or wounding in a rainbow of colors and shades. Jesus’ voice in Jesus Calling gives helpful instruction:
“Be quick to Listen, and slow to Speak." Pray “Help me, Holy Spirit” before speaking – at any time; under any circumstance.
I’ve been trying that prayer lately. It really works! And a side-benefit seems to be an increased sense of calm within myself. Who knew?! When I can give control of my words over to the Spirit wonderful things can happen.
Loving God, thank you for the awesome privilege of speaking words,
and also for a prayer to help me honor the Spirit
and the people with whom I am speaking.
May my words be careful and loving and life-giving.
Help me to pause before blurting out emotional words,
so I can give control over those words to your Spirit.
Thank you, in advance, for the amazing affect
this will have on my sense of calm,
the atmosphere around me,
the power of love in the world around me. Amen.