Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Words: Creative or Destructive

Yesterday, Jim and I went for a little road trip looking to see if we could find something we have never seen before.  We found two places we had never been, Oakwood Wet-Land Bottoms and Johnson's Creek.  I was especially impressed with the wild beauty of the Bottoms.

We saw evidence of God's creation - trees, sky, clouds, water, Queen Ann's lace, birds, an egret, and dragonflies.  We saw evidence of man's creation, too; both intelligent creation of a wonderful wooden walkway that spanned the Bottoms, and thoughtless creation by the trash floating in the water.

Look at the size of those posts supporting the walkway!

God's beautiful creation on a piece of man's trash ...

Upon reflection, I thought about the incredible beauty that God created by just speaking the word.  He framed worlds by the words of His mouth.

In fact, during the creation of Earth, the only thing He chose to get His hands dirty to create was man himself.

He just had to be a "hands-on" God for man!

Like our Father, we, too, can be creative with the words we speak.

"Good job, I knew you could do it!"

"You're always so sweet."

"I can see the love of Jesus on your face."

"I know I can trust you."

"You're a mighty man of valor." (God called Gideon a mighty man of valor BEFORE he had done anything remarkable.  He was calling forth what He knew Gideon could be.)

Just like anything else, what can be so beautiful, creative and uplifting can be used to destroy.  Destructive words can sever a relationship in the time it takes to say them.

"You'll never amount to anything."

"You're so stupid.  Why can't you learn?"

"How many times do I have to tell you?"

"I wish you'd never been born."

Please.  Think about your words before you use them.  They can be instruments of building a wonderful relationship, word by word.  Or your words can irrevocably destroy.

It's your choice.


I'm choosing to link this post with the community at #TellHisStory because creative words can tell His story.  You can find this group at


Susanne said...

Words are such an important thing! There was a time in our culture when we were much more reserved in the words we used. It seems to me that now the norm is to just put out there whatever one feels or thinks even if it's to the detriment of another. How much better are kind words that build and lift up.

Jennifer @ said...

Words are powerful, powerful things... Like weapons or balms, depending on how they are used. Thanks for contributing to #TellHisStory.

Alicia said...

What a beautiful place you were "wandering" and your reminder is SO TRUE.. seems words are made cheap in this world of constant buzz and talk. And they are so powerful, indeed.

Mia De Vries said...

Dear Jerralea
This is so beautiful and your words so true! I have suffered for a long time from verbal abuse from mu husband and it nearly broke the both of us, but when we turned to Jesus, He took all our ashes and created a beautiful, love-filled marriage from scratch.
Blessings, dear friend