The Power of Our Words

There is great power in the words we speak. A few words can make or break someone’s day. People, especially our loved ones, really take to heart what is spoken to them. You can tell by a person’s demeanor when their feelings get hurt.

The other day, I made a comment about people who are unable to make long-term commitments and how that might relate to maintaining a relationship. I was speaking in general, but one of my good friends was in the car and she took it personally and said she felt accused. Wow! I apologized immediately and explained I was speaking in general. She happened to be dealing with a decision at the time, so the issue was particularly sensitive to her.

What I am trying to say is that it is so important to really keep a guard over our mouths and be disciplined in our speech. I guess it would help if we thought about who it is that is listening and how they might take it. But, boy, now that is a lot of effort isn’t it? Let me know your thoughts on speaking and the power of words. Have you had any situations that caused you to want to take back what you said?

The Power of Our Words

There is great power in the words we speak. A few words can make or break someone’s day. People, especially our loved ones, really take to heart what is spoken to them. You can tell by a person’s demeanor when their feelings get hurt.

The other day, I made a comment about people who are unable to make long-term commitments and how that might relate to maintaining a relationship. I was speaking in general, but one of my good friends was in the car and she took it personally and said she felt accused. Wow! I apologized immediately and explained I was speaking in general. She happened to be dealing with a decision at the time, so the issue was particularly sensitive to her.

What I am trying to say is that it is so important to really keep a guard over our mouths and be disciplined in our speech. I guess it would help if we thought about who it is that is listening and how they might take it. But, boy, now that is a lot of effort isn’t it? Let me know your thoughts on speaking and the power of words. Have you had any situations that caused you to want to take back what you said?

The Power of Words

Ever think about the words you use on a daily basis? See if you can catch yourself using the same words or expressions and then think about how they impact your mental state or that of a loved one. Our words can build up or tear down. The words we speak to others and to ourselves have more power than most of us realize.

Imagine if you meant to say to your son or daughter “What’s bothering you?” but instead you said “What’s wrong with you?” Think of the impact that would make on them.

In his book, Awaken the Giant, Anthony Robbins talks about changing the words we use to describe our feelings to either diminish negative feelings or intensify positive feelings. For example, instead of saying, “I am angry” he suggests toning it down by saying “I am peeved”. Instead of “I am anxious” say “I am a little concerned.” To increase our positive feelings, try “I am fabulous”, “I am captivated”, or “I relish the idea” instead of “I’m okay”, “I’m interested” or “I like.” Notice the difference?

Proverbs 18:21 says “There is life or death in the power of the tongue”. James 1:19 implores us to be “Quick to listen and slow to speak.” My mom used to say “Think before you speak.”

What words are you speaking to those you love? Are they words of encouragement and edification? I know I can use some work in this area. How about you?

The Power of Words

Ever think about the words you use on a daily basis? See if you can catch yourself using the same words or expressions and then think about how they impact your mental state or that of a loved one. Our words can build up or tear down. The words we speak to others and to ourselves have more power than most of us realize.

Imagine if you meant to say to your son or daughter “What’s bothering you?” but instead you said “What’s wrong with you?” Think of the impact that would make on them.

In his book, Awaken the Giant, Anthony Robbins talks about changing the words we use to describe our feelings to either diminish negative feelings or intensify positive feelings. For example, instead of saying, “I am angry” he suggests toning it down by saying “I am peeved”. Instead of “I am anxious” say “I am a little concerned.” To increase our positive feelings, try “I am fabulous”, “I am captivated”, or “I relish the idea” instead of “I’m okay”, “I’m interested” or “I like.” Notice the difference?

Proverbs 18:21 says “There is life or death in the power of the tongue”. James 1:19 implores us to be “Quick to listen and slow to speak.” My mom used to say “Think before you speak.”

What words are you speaking to those you love? Are they words of encouragement and edification? I know I can use some work in this area. How about you?