Saturday, August 11, 2018

RightlySaid

Words are a powerful tool.  Flippantly or carelessly deployed they can (and often do) ravage and harm.  Thoughtfully chosen and expressed, they can serve to heal, secure, calm, foster, encourage, and develop.

Here's a thought experiment.  Think of a time in which a person spoke words to you along these lines:

  • Disrespect
  • Hateful
  • Condescending
  • Meanness
  • Dismissive
  • Spiteful
  • Biting sarcasm
  • Angry
Now think of a time when someone aimed words toward you that expressed the following (somehow):
  • Gratitude/Appreciation
  • Love
  • Care
  • Encouragement
  • Kindness
  • Optimism
  • Openness/Inclusiveness
  • Forgiveness
Which person would/do you prefer to interact with?  Which would you be more inclined to follow?  Which would you feel better about serving?  Which would you feel better about serving alongside?  Which would you prefer to embrace in partnership/covenant?

If better futures is our goal, well chosen words, rightly delivered, serve as powerful accelerants.

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