I had an encounter recently where I was sporting a rather negative attitude, about nothing in particular, and not towards anyone in particular. As I continued to talk and fester, I sat with astonishment at my words. It was like I couldn’t help myself and continued to slather on some negativity.
Over and over I see it in every day life, whether it’s in conversations, interactions, emails or social media…and I am guilty of it too. We don’t consider our words and the impact they have. I wrote at Single Roots the assumptions made about single life in the workplace, but it started with words. It started with the words not fully considered when said.
We say things in jest, for either venting or vengefulness…from a state of irritation or anger. The words though echo throughout life, and not necessarily the life of the person who said them. It builds a legacy of you…what you say in life. What you breathe into the lives of others. Do you want that life to be one of peace, joy, and happiness? Or do you want it to be one of burden, negativity, and destructiveness?
There’s enough bullies in the world. There’s enough trolls and bitter people spouting ugliness and junk at us. Shouldn’t we be focused on speaking joy and love into others’ lives? You have the choice what you say today. Speak words of wisdom and love, not deceit and bitterness. Speak from where your heart resides, and not where the devil tells you that you are heading.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Ephesians 4:29 (ESV)