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The Power Of Words

PowerInWordsWords are powerful little things. They can bring great joy and deep despair. They can arouse powerful emotions and urge us to action. A simple combination of letters forms what can be a power packed form of communication. We live in a world where words are thrown around in an endless universe of communication, information, and language. Often, we forget the power of our words. I hope this is a reminder to watch, shape, and better use your words.

The scriptures have much to say about our words. Proverbs 13:3 states “He who guards his mouth keeps his life, but he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” Yep, that’s pretty powerful. It is clear that we should be extremely careful in how we choose to use our words. This verse teaches that our words can become harmful and destructive to ourselves. We need to be careful that what we say doesn’t get us into a mess. Careless speech is an icy highway of words that can quickly cause spiraling destruction in your relationships and profession.

Our words can also have a huge impact on others. Proverbs 15:4 states “A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger”. How many fights and conflicts could we all have avoided if we would have used our words more carefully? What you say and how you say it matters more than you could ever imagine. In light of this truth, we should all take much more care to choose our words wisely.

Proverbs 18:21 makes it clear that “the tongue has the power of life and death”. When you and I speak, do our words give life or death? The next time you have interaction with someone or about someone, ask this question: Is what I’m about to say life or death giving? This is a powerful question that can serve as a filter to catch your words before they do great damage.

Also notice that your words can have incredible positive impact. The scriptures teach us the “right word and the right time is like medicine”. This is so true! We all have had someone say kind and encouraging words to us at the right time and they were truly healing. I encourage you today to take an inventory of the way you use your words. You choose to do great damage or great good. The “words” are in your court.

 

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The Principal Of The Boat

PrincipleOfTheBoatThe principal of the boat is something I’ve observed and talked about for a long time.  I grew up around rivers, creeks, and bays and I spent a lot of time on the water in boats.  Me and my dad or my grandfather would go fishing close to the banks where the fish seemed to hang out.  They would shut the motor off to keep from scaring the fish away and I’d take out a paddle and simply steer the boat along.  Here’s the principal I learned: a moving boat is easier to steer than a boat sitting still.  I know, I know….profound, right!!  However simplistic it may be, it is very true.

If a boat is moving it can be steered with incredible ease by simply placing the paddle in the water and moving it ever so slightly.  It truly becomes effortless to steer a moving boat.

This is not the case when a boat is sitting still.  In fact, you really can’t steer it at all.  If you try to steer while sitting still you just turn in a circle.  Round and round you go….lot’s of movement, but no progress.  Plenty of energy being burned up, but no intended destination is being pursued.  Without movement, steering becomes really useless.

This principal is true in our lives as well.  Many of us are steering the boats of our lives while they’re sitting still.  We pray and plan and pray some more, but we never take a step in any particular direction.  The Bible is clear that if we acknowledge God in all our ways He will direct our paths.  This is a powerful promise that should be quite freeing to us as we sail the boat of our lives on the waters of circumstances and time.

We need to start moving!!  I’m not downplaying the importance of prayer and planning, but at some point you must get going.  Once your boat is moving, it will be much easier to steer it more precisely.  Don’t continue putting off the very moves you know you need to make.  The phone call, the letter, the conversation, the resume….get going!!  Don’t get paralysis by analysis.  Don’t end up stuck going in circles in your life ending up nowhere.  Do something!! Get moving and listen closely to the direction of God.  You won’t regret it.

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