Today’s post is ‘W’ for ‘Word of Life’.
I love, love, LOVE being a writer. Playing with words, exploring infinite possibilities with them. With just a piece of paper, a pencil, and time, worlds can be created, rich in detail, full of interesting characters, and scenes full of laughter or nail-gripping tension. What power there is in a string of words!
The spoken word, too, is often more powerful than we realise. I’ve blogged before about my autistic Mr7. He’s the most soft-hearted person I’ve ever met. (And believe me, teachers meet a LOT of people!) So even just a mention of his ‘making the wrong choice’ is enough to bring on the tears and have him self-recriminating-in-spades. And he’s not being melodramatic. It’s all genuine. And it stops me in my tracks each time: seeing so visually how huge an effect spoken words can have.
Words have the power to heal and to harm, to inspire and to destroy. I’ll admit now, I’ve cried twice in the researching and writing of this blogpost, in realising yet again how powerful the wrong words can be. I’d been looking for a quote I’d half remembered, and discovered this image instead:
And the second was one of those co-incidental-maybe-perhaps-not-finds, an article from scientificparent.org, which I immediately shared to all my friends via Twitter and Facebook:
(In fact, if you have two minutes, could you also please click through and read this article? I’d really appreciate it!)
So back to ‘W is for Word’ – our words are important. They can give life or take it away: it all depends on how we use them.
And they have this power because of the author of life, God Himself. He calls Himself ‘the Word’ – and rightly so. John 1:1 says:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
God, the creator of life, spoke – and it was so. His words gave life.
That’s something I should try to emulate. Use my words to encourage, to build up, maybe even to inspire.
How about you?
Have a great day, dear reader 🙂