According to a recent book I read (If God Had a Fridge, Your Picture Would Be On It by Glyn Norman) "Estimates state that it takes somewhere between 10 and 37 positive comments to offset the damage that one negative one can cause." I don't know where these statistics come from but from my own personal experience I could safely say that I definitely can see how it would be true. I spent years hearing how worthless I was, how I couldn't do anything right, being called names and criticized for most of my childhood and into my adulthood. The old phrase, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me." is one of the most false sayings ever.
- Words can sting.
- Words can hurt.
- Words can wound a heart.
- Words can kill a spirit.
Even knowing all this, I know that sometimes, all too often, I let negative, destructive words come out of my mouth and this makes me sad and angry. This morning I was praying about this very thing and as I was praying I heard a new song on the radio. (This is the 2nd day in a row that God has used music to very directly speak to my heart as I've been praying - I LOVE MUSIC!) The song I heard was Words, by Hawk Nelson
These are the lyrics:
This is the prayer of my heart tonight... "Lord, I pray that the words I speak would lift others up, would build others up, would encourage others, and most importantly, let my words point the world back to You."
Seeking to Honor Him in all I Say,