Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening! Welcome to yet another Meaningful Monday. I hope that you had an excellent weekend and possibly even attempted the Christmas gift tags we made for our Saturday Crafternoon. Whatever you did or did not do, though, I hope it was awesome and that you are looking forward to the week ahead of you!
Over the weekend, I had a lot of time to reflect and think (Side note: I guess that is one of the reasons why I studied philosophy in university… hmm..). I had the opportunity to read a number of different blog posts and, with that, to see into the perspective of those around the world who are a part of the blogging community.* During this time of reading, reflecting, and thinking I was reminded of just how powerful words are.
Now, you may be thinking about the phrase “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” But, nothing could be further from the truth. With words we have the power to build others up, to encourage, to strengthen, to unite, to give hope, to bless, to love, and to speak truth. With words we can also destroy, wound, weaken, discourage, divide, despair, hate and speak lies. Often times I am quick to speak without thinking through the implications of my words, yet as I look back, how I wish I could take back some of the things I have said over the years. Words are powerful.
When we follow the course of history, we see how big of a deal this is. Movements have begun because of words that have inspired others to action. Nations have risen and fallen because of the words said by likely and unlikely heroes throughout the test of time. The lives of millions have been altered (either for the good or for the bad) because of words spoken to them, over them, or at them. Our words have the power to transform the world and change the course of history.
Then there is little ol’ me. Here. Writing words on this blog post.
I realize that this blog is just one out of the thousands that are out there. The percentage of people who will read this post is very minuscule compared to the number of people in our world today. But I hope that my words, regardless of how great or small a number of people they will reach, will always build you up, strengthen you, encourage you, and inspire you. I hope that my words will always be carefully selected and intentional – giving you hope, even in the hopeless places of your life. I hope that my words are drenched with grace and love and elevate you to be the best you that you can be.
And you, whoever you may be, you are a human being who is impacted by the words that are spoken to you. You too have the power (and with that the responsibility) to also use words wisely. So as you go forth into this week, join the rebel side. In a world that is full of twisted truths and discouraging messages, bring hope and grace to your circle of influence. Speak out words of encouragement and seek to bring life to the world around you. And maybe, just maybe, we can transform this world together and change the course of history for generations to come.
How do you see words? Feel free to comment below! 🙂
*One of the blog posts I had the opportunity to read over the weekend was this one on Searching For Elsewhere. Click the link to check it out!