There is a weighty significance in words. I am a words girl. More than most I would assume. I love words – I love reading words, I love writing words, and I love listening to people who seem to be able to articulate things with more emotion, passion and clarity than most. Words are beauty to my soul…but they are also immensely powerful. Even to those of you who might not have as much of an affinity for them as I do.
Think about it. A stranger passes you on the street and compliments you on your stunning eyes, great coat, or beautiful baby girl. There is something special about a compliment that comes from an absolute stranger. They could have never said anything, but they did. Their words hold weight.
Likewise, when someone speaks a negative word about you or to you, their words have power. Sometimes it’s not even their actual words but more so the words we imagine they are thinking inside their head. You know what I mean – your coworker gives you the up, down glance and you have already come up with their entire internal dialogue before their eyes make it back to yours.
Words, good or bad, begin to shape your heart.
To this day I remember where I was sitting and the exact look on my high school art teachers face as he leaned down to me and said: “one day in college you won’t be able to get by on your good looks.” Oh, hello. Thanks for the compliment buddy. NOT! Can somebody tell him that I graduated with a 4.0 GPA with my Masters?!
I may have proved him wrong but the words have clearly made a lasting impression that some 14 years later I can still remember the moment so vividly.
If we agree on the power of words, let me ask you this question:
What words are feeding your soul?
Growing up it was always a special day when my mom allowed me to put a Seventeen magazine on the grocery store checkout belt. I couldn’t wait to get home with my magazine. I would lay on my bed and flip through its pages to see all the beautiful girls. Then I would proceed to read it cover to cover where I would find out how to play hard to get, how to apply eye-shadow in the right shade for my eye color, how to look my best in any social setting, and countless other tips and tricks. As I got older my magazine of choice became Cosmopolitan. Now I was reading about diet tips, workout routines to give me buns of steel and thighs to make the boys drool. I was reading about how to seduce boys without ever speaking a word.
The words that were shaping my reality were far from words of truth.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. ~Psalm 119:37