There are two kinds of words; words that hurt and words that heal. We all do it. We use words like daggers cutting people down into bits with our tongues. The problem is once they pop out they can’t be permanently erased even after apologizing profusely.
When my kids were in kindergarten our curriculum had a special fun project we did to demonstrate the importance of using words for good and not evil. I would give them a band-aid to keep in their pocket. Then I instructed them to give it to someone else who was sad, hurt or upset. We used the visual band-aid to demonstrate the deep importance of using healing words, like the band-aid helps to heal hurts, so the words we use can heal, restore and bring balm to the broken. They loved it, (especially when I had Spider Man band-aids) because in their 6 year old minds, band-aids always make the boo boos better.
Words are very powerful things. The sticks and stones rhyme can not be farther from true, because physically words can hurt us, since our emotions and bodies are so intermixed.
We have a choice; we can choose to use our words to heal, like band-aids or hurt like daggers. It’s not easy controlling our tongues but with God’s help through prayer and a heart that desires to honor God in all we say, we can choose to use words that heal and in the process those healing words will be balm to our own souls too.
Much love and blessings,
When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.
R.J. Palacio~ Wonder
It’s been years since reading this book but the impact is still there.
Here are some other powerful quotes on kindness;
Have you ever noticed how much
of Christ’s life was spent in doing kind things?
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
If you want to be holy, be kind.
Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence, or learning.
~Frederick W. Faber
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
Kindness makes a person attractive. If you would win the world, melt it, do not hammer it.
He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.
The first thing a kindness deserves is acceptance, the second, transmission.
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
Ephesians 4:32 King James Version (KJV)
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
God bless and keep you today.
Remember that you never know fully what a person is going through, or what brokenness they feel, so be kind.