Have you ever picked up a Dandelion once the top is white and ready to hit the wind? It is so tempting to blow the little seedlings all over the yard, but then you remember what comes from those parachuting wisps of white. . . more dandelions.
Our words are much the same way. They spread like wisps on the wind. We think of the fun of that moment, saying what we really long to say.
We forget about the seed.
That seed is extremely important. That seed brings new dandelions to overtake the healthy grass. When we sow seeds of unkind words, we will reap a crop of the same.
The Bible Talks in James and Proverbs about the importance of words and the destruction the tongue can have in lives. Truth is, as much as we want to speak our minds, as much as we want the last word, the Bible teaches us a different path that is rewarding in time.
New International Version (NIV)
18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
With your words you have the power to cut open wounds or bring healing. Oh, I know how hard it is sometimes to bite your tongue and keep from speaking your mind.
My Dad used to tell me, “If you give someone a piece of your mind, you won’t have any peace of mind left.”
How true is that? Have you ever stayed up late unable to sleep because of guilt over something you said? I have. Many times.
With writers conference around the corner and even those who can’t attend, it is so important to remember that the words we speak can wound a writer or friend that needs encouragement. No, we can’t stretch the truth to make others feel good, but we should encourage more than criticize.
Look for opportunities to speak healing words to someone else.
Give an example of a time when someone spoke encouragement to you and it had a healing effect in your life.