The Power of a Word

New Year’s Day is just about here.  A day for resolutions…  Nope, not for me!  Although, perhaps a few goals in life would be helpful.  I know should start one in the weight loss/exercise category, but honestly, I just don’t want to talk about that!!:)

I have a good friend who inspired me to think of a theme for each year.  Last year my theme was “celebrate the everyday”.  I don’t know how to measure how that worked out in a practical sense, but I did think of that phrase often, and tried to notice and appreciate every day things more.

A few months ago I decided what I want to focus on this coming year.  It all started with this sign I found on Pinterest:

powerful word

“Four Things You Can’t Recover:  The STONE after the throw.  The WORD after it’s said.  The OCCASION after it’s missed.  The TIME after it’s gone.”

I have pondered and pondered that after I first read it.  I don’t know about you, but I can say with confidence that my mouth has often landed me in a heap of trouble.  Sometimes I wish I could just reverse time and hit the “Delete” button!  Oh, how I long to be more careful with my words

Words are powerful.  They can tear down, shatter, and condemn.

~OR~

They can build up, calm, and forgive.

I want my words to be the latter.

It all starts with the heart… for “out of the heart, the mouth speaks”…

I so want to set my heart on things that will result in building up others…encouraging them…and offering hope.  …  Perhaps my first goal is to try to listen more and speak less… That’s what I want to work on this year (and every year, for that matter!).

Today my friend who inspired me with this whole “theme of the year” concept came over for a coffee time chat.  She shared with me her “theme”.  In fact, she had it put on to a beautiful necklace that she was wearing…and then she gave me a matching one:

hope necklace

“HOPE”.

It seems that without meaning to, our themes “co-ordinate”!

 

1 Corinthians 13:13 “…Now these three remain:  faith, hope and love…”

Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

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One Comment

  1. Great post . . . great reminders. Good luck on your goals for the New Year. I'm new to your blog, and look forward to seeing what wonderful projects and thoughts you share in the upcoming new year.

    Happy New Year to you!

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