“From a wise mind comes wise speech;
the words of the wise are persuasive.” -Proverbs 16:23
“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” -Proverbs 16:24
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” -Proverbs 18:21
There have been many times over the past few weeks when I’ve thought “Hmm, I should write something about that.” When everyone else seems to be opining, reflecting, musing, and inspiring, there is sometimes undue pressure to add our own voice to the chorus.
Instead, I’ve just been pondering the weight of words. Words are powerful. What we say and write can lift or crush a spirit, promote peace or provoke chaos.
What do I want my words to do? I want my words to build bridges. Bridges to the blessed Trinity on which my faith & hope are built. Bridges of grace, understanding and forgiveness. I want to build bridges culturally and racially; though, honestly, recent times have made me consider dismantling my bridges, taking my pieces and quietly sitting in my own little corner. But Love convicts and compels me differently. So I will build, knowing I’m not perfect and I won’t always get it right but building bridges, I must.
What do you want your words to do?