The Power Of Words


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Our words have the power to feed those around us and ourselves.

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Words evoke emotion.

Every day we scatter words like we’re feeding pigeons. We throw tiny bits of joy and hope or sorrow and despair. We throw them out but don’t think much about where they land, who is receiving them or what impact they may have.

Our words have the power to feed those around us and ourselves. Sometimes what we throw out is positive and uplifting. But more often, we throw out doubt, criticism, hopelessness and discouragement. There is depth to our words. But without realizing our power, our words could be more damaging than we could ever imagine. 

In 2004, Masaru Emoto, a New York Times bestseller, wrote a book entitled, “The Hidden Messages in Water.” Emoto’s experiments showed that using positive or negative words could change the structure of water.  

What?!

Emoto experimented with glasses of water. To one group, he said positive words, played positive music and said positive prayers. To the second group, he said negative words, played negative music and said negative prayers. Then he froze them.

Any guesses about what happened? 

The ice crystals that formed in the positive glasses were ‘pleasing,’ while the ice crystals that formed in the negative glasses turned ‘ugly.’ (Check it out here.) 

Our. Words. Change. Things. 

Our words are the most powerful weapon we hold, and each of us has the power to create something beautiful or destroy it. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat of its fruits.” We literally have the power to give life—or death. 

Our words are the most powerful weapon we hold.

Here we are at the beginning of a new year. Not just any year, but the second year of a Pandemic that no one asked for. Every January I hear person after person talk about their “word” for the year. Many people choose a word to represent that year and what they believe it holds for them. Why? Speaking over ourselves is extremely important! We must speak life to our brains and remind ourselves of how beautiful and worthy we are! Much like the ice crystals, our words transform our minds. We can be our own worst enemy. Positive thought is crucial for us to have a healthy life. So please make sure you ingest positive, life-giving words every day.

Need a few examples of positive thought food? Check these out:

YouTube: Some Good News with John Krasinski

Instagram: Quotes by Christie on IG

App Store: “Gratitude: Diary, Vision Board” (by Hapjoy Technologies)  

Positive thoughts and picking a word for the year are awesome things, but why should it stop there? What would happen if we took the next step? What could happen if we thought about what words we could bring to others and not just ourselves? What if we start asking, “What is a positive word I could speak to Laura? What is a positive word for Drew?” and continue to speak positive words over others for the next year?

What things could change with just a word? What depression could we break off of others? What victories could we join in achieving? Imagine how all of us practicing this could press into so many life changing events. What a year for us all! Pandemics have a way of causing despair and hopelessness, but it doesn’t have to end there.  WE can make a difference if we are intentional with the strongest weapon we have—OUR WORDS! 

A Challenge for You:

My challenge is to take a few minutes and make a list of people you would like to speak over. Maybe this time it’s a short list, a few friends or family. Maybe it’s a longer, wider idea like “the class of 2021.” Whatever your list looks like, I challenge you to ask, “What word should I speak over ?” And once you have a word for each of your people, SPEAK IT OUT AND KEEP SPEAKING IT! Because your words are powerful and they will change the world. 

How will you use your word power to change the world?

Image via Nat Daniels


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