Words Matter

  Words Matter
Every parent must decide for themselves how they want to raise their child.   Words of encouragement as they watch their baby take their first steps.  Words of tenderness as they tend to a skinned knee. Words of frustration and anger that bring tears to a child.
 
Words matter
A good coach inspires their players to keep going and not give up.  Green Bay Packers coach, Vince Lombardi, was well known for his locker room pep talks, along with his discipline, and faith in God.  The poor coach yells, blames and berates.   Whose team do you want to be on?
 
Words matter
Which would you rather have, a boss who belittles and mocks employees?  Or  a boss who uplifts and gives constructive words of encouragement when working on a difficult assignment?
 
Words matter
Winston Churchill’s speech that stirred a nation as he addressed the House of Commons. June 18, 1940, “….Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.’”
 
John F. Kennedy,  “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country.”
 
Martin Luther King Jr., “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
 
Words matter
“So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity, the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.  For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.  With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing.  James 3:5-10     NASB  
 
Don’t believe that words don’t matter.