As I sit here and write this, it is the first day of spring and it is snowing outside. For our international, non-Canadian readers, this is actually not an uncommon occurrence. The roads are slick, the wind is blowing and visibility isn't great. Truthfully, it is a normal day in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
What is funny is that I knew it had snowed before I even stepped outside... before I even looked out the window. Confession time: I have a morning routine, as I slowly wake up I check my news feeds. I know, I know. Well, my news feed was inundated with comments about the weather outside. Some witty, some funny, but most with a tone of negativity.
Now, don't get me wrong, living in the far north and the sheer length of our winter, we have a right to some complaining. So this post is not really about that. I am not really writing a post about complaining about people who complain about the weather. But it did make me think: Our words have power and what we speak can either bring life or death. Both negative thoughts/words and positive thoughts/words can snowball--a riot effect if you will.
Take this morning for example: As one person after another posted negative comments about the weather and I read each comment, my attitude towards the conditions outside (that I have no control over) begin to affect my attitude of the situation, before I have even witnessed it myself. It becomes increasingly harder not to give into the negative words being read and as well adopt the negative outlook of the weather and then post a negative comment myself and the cycle goes on.
I think this morning simply brought to light a greater issue at hand. We live in a world that so easily speaks death and words that kill: hatred, fear, tearing people down, adding to the negative in the world and speaking death into this existence. Our words have power and what we do with them can either speak death or life.
"The simple moral fact is that words kill." - Jesus (Matt 5:22b)
Imagine what would happen if we spoke life instead of death. That we developed a habit of building people up instead of tearing people down, seeing the positive instead of the negative, and become a people of healing and hope instead of destruction and hopelessness.
So as I write this short post, I hope we can be encouraged to think with a greater purpose, that could bring real and eternal change. Let us be a people who speak life into the world that so desperately needs it.
A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse. A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds. A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything—or destroy it!
It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech, we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.
This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues, we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth!
"My friends, this can’t go on. A spring doesn’t gush fresh water one day and brackish the next, does it? Apple trees don’t bear strawberries, do they? Raspberry bushes don’t bear apples, do they? You’re not going to dip into a polluted mud hole and get a cup of clear, cool water, are you?" //James 3:3-12
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