Thursday, June 5, 2014

Speak Life

Your words have power. Whether you believe that or not, they do. You can either speak life or death into the people around you. Here's an example: Growing up, I heard more times than not how I would grow up to be fat, have nerve problems, and health problems. Why? Because "it runs in the family." I watched as my maternal grandmother got bigger and bigger, and less and less mobile. I watched as my mother struggled with depression and the fear that she would "get cancer and die." Then she did. She was forty-eight. Then I began to fear that the same thing would happen to me. 

In Every Encounter We Either Give LIFE Or We Drain It; There Is No Neutral Exchange. ~Brennan Manning

I struggled for years with my nerves and my weight. I thought that this was my destiny. I literally had no hope...and yet, my Hope was right in front of me the whole time, but I couldn't see Him. The junk that was spoken over me my entire life was choking out the life that God had planned for me. I couldn't hear the life-giving words that would bring me into the purpose laid out for me before the world even began. Instead, the words spoken over me were negative and more times than not bone-chilling.

Toby Mac has a song that says, "Speak life, speak life, to the deadest darkest night. Speak life, speak life, when the sun won't shine and you don't know why. Look into the eyes of the broken hearted. Watch 'em come alive as soon as you speak hope, you speak love, you speak... You speak life." We have no idea how our words affect the lives of others. Whether it's our friends, our family, our children, or even people we don't know, our words hold the hope, love, and life that someone is looking for.

Use your words to inspire ~Toby Mac, Speak Life

Life isn't perfect. We get angry. We get upset. But the words we speak when angry or upset can dash the hope, love, and life right out of someone who is struggling to find those things. I don't want to miss an opportunity to show someone the love of Jesus and help them find their purpose. My words need to be ones that point someone right into forgiveness, grace, and hope. I want them to find that hope, love, and life.

We can turn a heart through the words we say ~ Toby Mac, Speak Life

So, what are YOU speaking?


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