“The words we use for ourselves and others have weight.”
So said one of the worship team members a couple of Sundays ago.
It’s a call for us to respect ourselves and others in what comes out of our mouth.
To not call ourselves, spouses, friends, or family bad names.
To grant peace to our neighbors and our negative thoughts.
To verbalize love and acceptance to self and the human community.
Overcoming religious, political, economic and ethnic differences when we speak is a tough one, especially in these times of social media and talking heads, when it seems all too easy to verbally attack others.
Overcoming the words we use to describe self can also be a challenge. I’ve told myself on more than one occasion, “Gee, that was stupid,” or “I’m such an idiot.” And then I feel bad for a day, two days, longer…
Our words really do have weight, whether thrown at ourselves or others. Words can either be used to raise one end of the scale in positive, respectful conversation, or they can be used to lower the other end down to the ground with negative, disrespectful discourse.
Why do we do the latter?
What good comes out of it?
Does it make us happy to bring down ourselves or the rest of humanity?
To the last question, I answer “No,” and yet we continue.
As the holiday season approaches, I ask that you be kind. Be kind to yourself and others. Find the good in who you are and the people in your lives. Tell the face in the mirror it is not stupid and let those in your life know how much you appreciate them. Smile at the homeless person on the corner and wish them a good day. Speak quietly and with an open mind when your friend’s opinions are not your own. Love your neighbor for the rest of this year and always.
Give words the kind of weight that makes for a better you, a better community and a better world.
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