How to refresh others with your words…

Tuesday 19th October 2010

Do you remember the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me?” It may sound catchy, but it is so not true! I think that there are many girls who would have preferred broken bones over some of the horrible things that others have said to them. Bones can heal quite quickly… the memory of cruel words can take a lifetime to heal.

Proverbs 18:4 (NLT) says, “A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.” How can you apply this verse this week? Here’s two simple tips-

1. Think before you speak! It can be so easy to blurt out the first thoughts that come into your mind without thinking about how they may impact upon others. Get into the habit of being conscious about what you are wanting to say and how to say it in such a way that is “life-giving” rather than “soul-destroying.” A thoughtful word can refresh others and resolve conflict.

2. Practise encouraging others! It is amazing how easy it is to focus on the negatives of others rather than the positives. Choose to focus on the great qualities of your friends & family members and tell them what you love about them. An encouraging word can refresh others and brighten up their day.

Let’s be Girls of Wisdom who think before we speak and who love to encourage others. Our words can be as refreshing to someone as a glass of cool water on a hot summer’s day… what a beautiful thought!

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