February 26, 2018 – Monday
Proverbs 18:21 [MSG] Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.
James 3:3-5 [MSG] 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!
Sometimes I go about making a point in unusual ways to the 13-year-olds in my Sunday school class. Yesterday I handed each a paper plate with an extra-large tube of red toothpaste. You should have seen the glimmer in their eyes as I told each to squeeze all the toothpaste out onto their paper plate. They looked at each other like, “Is she really going to let us do this?” They had a grand time emptying the tubes in all sorts of stylish ways. When finished, I said, “Okay, now put all of the toothpaste back into the tube.” Their expressions changed to disbelief. They protested to their silly teacher, this was impossible!
With the room smelling from the experiment, I explained the toothpaste represented words and the tube represented their mouths. Their mouths held a bountiful supply of words, but once the words were spoken it was impossible to stuff them back inside.
Scripture reminds us that every moment of every day, you and I have a choice. We can either speak words of life or words of death. The power of the tongue is incredible! Locked within us is the extraordinary capacity to speak life to every person God puts within our path; from the clerk at the gas station to the agency manager. We have been endowed with the extraordinary capacity to speak life into other people’s lives. It’s amazing the change in energy you see come across the face of someone you’ve just spoken one kind sentence to. That is power! We can distribute self-esteem, self-confidence, energy, peace and joy as we make our way through each workday. These are things money can’t buy, but we can freely give. We can speak life into the world around us with the power of our tongue.
You may be naturally outgoing, but then again perhaps you are not. Regardless, your tongue has the same power. Find ways at work today to encourage people. You can do this with a single word or a well-thought-out compliment. It’s all about using the extraordinary capacity to speak life when and where God opens the door for you.
Dear Lord, thank You for the incredible power to speak life! Please help me to use this gift at work today in the spirit of love. Give me wisdom and compassion as I speak. Let the power of Your love empower others through my words. I ask that each thing I say and do brings honor and glory to You. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
Rev. Rachael Martin
Pastor of Counseling and Prayer
Madison, Alabama USA