Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose. (Proverbs 18:21)
There are certain phrases that have become ingrained into my regular vocabulary, either in my personal experience or my experience as an educator. Growing up we are all taught, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” The older that I get, the more I understand the power of this motto. Our world is divided, and tensions continue to increase. It is more important than ever that we use our words to give life; our words should be used to advocate, inspire, and encourage one another. Once words are spoken, they cannot be unsaid. Guard your thoughts, to help ensure your words are not used for destruction. Words can lift someone up or tear them down. It is our choice on how we use language to communicate and express ourselves. Even though it can be difficult at times, we must lead by example and demonstrate how to use words to make a difference. Let us not forget that the “pen can be mightier than the sword.”
Children are sponges and repeat what they see and hear. As adults it is our job to help ingrain these important values and lessons into our youth. If we want to build a generation of individuals who empower one another, and use their words for good, it is our responsibility to model these beliefs. In the framework of a family, words lay the foundation of feeling loved, supported, and accepted. Think of how powerful it is to hear a loved one say, “I love you.” The feelings that affirmations evoke within us shed light on how a simple sentence can break someone’s spirit. Let us work together, united, to nurture the vocabulary of our youth, and each other.
Dr. Leanne Badham
Director of Precious Cargo Academy
Activities for Home:
Make Cloud Dough – mix lotion, cornstarch, and food coloring of your choice together in a big bowl. Knead the ingredients together to create the softest, fluffiest dough to play with.
Make Sun Prints – gather a piece of construction paper, and any item you would like to make a print of. Find a sunny spot outside and place your item onto the paper. Leave for a few hours, and when you return you will see that the sun faded the surrounding paper, and you have a perfect print of your item.
Camp Out in the Living Room – build a pillow fort in your living room or family room. You can do this with sheets, pillows, chairs, etc. to enjoy a fun way to do some summer “camping” without the heat!
For those who have been hurt by the words of others:
Dear Lord, help us to choose words that give life. Help us lean on You, and seek words that encourage, and support one another. Help us to guard our thoughts and be fruitful in our speech.