I am a behavioral therapist for kids birth through about seven years old. One of the things you will hear almost every therapist I work with saying on a daily basis is, “use your words!”
We teach kids to express themselves through their words, because words are powerful.
There is also this poster hanging on one of the therapist’s doors:
Recently, I was half-listening to the radio the other week and overheard a brief snippet of the conversation going on. Whatever they were talking about, all I picked up was that they believed there was power in speaking Scripture, i.e. words, out loud.
This isn’t something new to me. In multiple daily devotionals I read, it is encouraged that one speak the name of Jesus out loud when things are in turmoil. His name brings peace and healing but also is a defense against the enemy.
“Words can launch us… God made it so that ordinary people like you and me can launch each other. Instead, I wonder if we can launch people… because we are ordinary. I believe it’s true that the right people can say words that can change everything. And guess what? We’re the ones who can say them.” (Bob Goff, Love Does)
“One of the greatest gifts – and responsibilities – that God has given humanity is the power of our words. This is part of our creation in His image. God accomplishes His will and purpose through His words. In Genesis 1, we read that when the creator said, ‘Let there be…,’ He transformed the darkness and gave shape and order to a world without form. Every dimension of our natural environment came into being through His words. Likewise, mankind, who is created in God’s image, was designed to exercise dominion on the earth by using words as an instrument of authority. Recall the first task that God gave Adam was to name all the animals. Referring to the force o words, the Bible says that ‘death and life are in the power of the tongue’ (Proverbs 18:21).” (David G. Evans, Healed Without Scars)
Your words can speak volumes.
Your words can inspire.
Your words can deflate.
Choose them wisely.
People of the Second Chance have a good series of articles going about labels. Here is a good example of one of many, and the way labels given to individuals (using our words to make assumptions) can change a life – for the good or the bad.