"Gentle words are a tree of life..." Proverbs 15:4 (NLT)
Words don't have to bring damage. Words can bring life: relationally, emotionally, and spiritually!
Words enhance our worship.Words form our prayers and our songs. God loves for us to acknowledge who He is, and what He's done for us, and build our relationship with Him. Journaling our prayers, personal prayer walks, audibilizing our prayers to God early, late, as we drive, is a way of enhancing our relationship with God, and worshiping Him!
Words strengthen relationships. Our words build up people. Our words encourage people. Our words communicate love. Our words build intimacy. Don't get stuck in the rut and overlook the power of words. Go on a date and don't go to a movie. Go sit down at Starbucks and talk. That conversation will strengthen your relationship. Don't just ask your kids how their day was. They will always say "fine." Ask them what the best part of their day was.Their answer will strengthen the relationship.
Words encourage. Words have great power to strengthen the emotional health in other people's and help them become all that God wants them to be. I am constantly telling my kids: "I am proud of you." "I believe in you." "Yu can do this." "you are so good at _____." I know that my words are very empowering and encouraging to my children. I do the same with my wife, Tricia. Words are one of here "love languages." Words can keep people in the game when it's hard. Every Tuesday morning at our church, we have an environment called FBT: (Fist Bump Tuesday). That's where the main purpose of this time is to offer a symbolic or literal fist bump to another person on the team for a job well done. This time is designed to build an environment of encouragement on our team. I am also constantly communicating and re-communicating vision at these events. Audibilizing the vision over and over again keeps the "Why" behind the "What" in all the gory details of our work on this team.
How can you use your words to bring life to someone today?