The Little Things: Words have power
By KELLY PRESTON, Special to The Paper
As far back as I can remember, I have always loved words. From word games to the words in my beloved Bible and other books to the spoken word, words have a special place in my life.
And probably in your life, too.
Words have power. They can build one up or tear one down. They can educate, entertain, and edify. They can share perspective and spark passion.
Words can do all of this and so much more.
Yet we don’t always think before we speak and this can cause problems or misunderstanding.
Case in point…
I am vertically challenged, barely 5’1”. Meanwhile, my sweet sister-in-law is almost 6’ tall. One time while we were at a mall, I walked into a store called Petite Sophisticate because they carry pants that fit my short frame. My sister-in-law soon came into the same store and I said, “I don’t think anything in here will fit you.” She looked at me with wide eyes and then we both broke into laughter.
I obviously didn’t think before I spoke because I had no intention of insinuating that she is too big for that store. Thankfully my sister-in-law has a great sense of humor and we still laugh about this story to this day. However, someone else could have been really offended by my lack of thinking before speaking.
While this is a funny story, I am continuing to learn on a regular basis the power that our words carry. It’s been said that words are like toothpaste coming out of a tube…once they are out, you can’t put them back in. All the more reason for us to think before we speak.
Something I read a long time ago provides good insight. Using the acronym THINK, answer these questions about your words:
T—are they TRUE?
H—are they HELPFUL?
I—are they INSPIRING?
N—are they NECESSARY?
K—are they KIND?
Jesus said in Luke 6:45, “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
Yes, words are little things that have big power. Let’s commit to using our words wisely!
Kelly Preston is a nurse-turned-stay-at-home-mom to four amazing and energetic children. Though she sometimes forgets to buy toilet paper amidst their busy schedules, Kelly finds time to run RACE for the Orphans, a non-profit focused on supporting adoptive families. She loves Jesus, people, a really good book, and pondering the little things.