Death and life are in the power of the tongue. -Proverbs 18:21 KJV
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but….whoever said words don’t hurt lied. It’s not simply that words do hurt, it’s sometimes they can be more damaging than those stones. Words have the power to change much in the minds and hearts of others. One word can make someone feel worthless. One word can make someone lose faith in their capabilities. One word can make someone lose hope. One single word. Even the simplest snide remark can be another brick piling on the shoulders of someone who is already on the verge of collapsing. The mind can be quick to think of something to say and sometimes it escapes the lips before even a moment of thought passes. The thoughts that follow those words are often the warning sign that informs us that maybe we shouldn’t have said that. The battles that people face often go unseen by others and throwing words around essentially is like throwing stones. More often than not, those stones are being thrown at someone who is already injured. The tongue holds more power than may even be realized. It holds the power of life and death, happiness and sadness, peace and war. Being slow to speak allows a thought process to occur before those words flow from our lips. In a world where it’s almost as if we are designed to live in the fast lane, it’s often beneficial to shift down a few gears and take it a bit slow and think before we speak. We might be saving someone from the last stone they can handle.