The words we choose and use can either be glorifying or condemning in any given circumstance. The beauty is WE have a choice. We get to decide how we will use our words. And depending on how we use them, we will eventually grasp the truth that our words reflect what’s inside us—who we are.
I’ve come up with some job descriptions and items readily associated with those jobs that symbolize the effect that words can have, with that save or fail mentality…
- The carabineer for the rock climber
- Receipts for the banker
- Netting for the beekeeper
- A parachute for the skydiver
- Good soil for the farmer
- Bible for a pastor
- Windex for the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding (just checking to see if you’re paying attention)
- Sturdy platform for the window cleaner
- Scalpel for the surgeon (although I did see a desperate time on Grey’s Anatomy years ago, where an electric screwdriver was used…hmmm)
- Imagination or creativity for the writer
Of course the concept of “saving” applies with varying degrees, but you see where I’m headed with this. Our words can mean the difference between sinking and swimming. Not only is it important that we use selective verbalization (see yesterday’s post) for the sake of others, but it’s also imperative we are wise with our words for our own sake. We want to watch our words so that we’re sure to represent ourselves in an authentic and glorifying light.
What other jobs or roles can you think of that depict the relationship and importance words have?
*photos by flickr