Are you aware of the powerful treasure that you possess? The amazing gift God has entrusted in us? I am talking about the wonderful gift of words. We hold in our mouth the ability to encourage, affirm, give vision, release hope. These treasures are all under our control. We choose to use them for His Kingdom or not.
I did some research and it is estimated that one person in their lifetime of remembrance (from the age of five) will interact with over 800,000 people! The Holy Spirit talked to me the other day and said, most people do not have access to speak to crowds, but everyone has their ones and twos! It is how we see them and how we use this treasure of words that God has given us to dispense that can make a difference.
Most of us know the scripture Psalm 18:21 Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who live it will eat its fruit. Some of us remember this scripture during our prayers–but can forget it when we interact with our children our spouses! A good person produces good things from the treasure of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. Luke 6:45
Meditating on how your kids frustrate you, or how hard you have it at work fills your heart with frustration and that’s what comes out of the mouth. Praying out our frustrations and asking God for His wisdom, insight and help shifts our heart thoughts to solutions, rather than feeling stuck. It helps us stop feeling out of control and moves us into an attitude and atmosphere of faith. Getting God’s perspective through His Word also helps filter out the useless or even harmful words that could spew forth when we are frustrated. But we must make a decision to renew our minds in these areas, if not it is too easy to speak from our old man. It is often easy to conform to those around you who complain about husbands, wives or children–instead of choosing to speak honorably about them.
Please understand, this is a process and takes time to grow these skills. One of the perspectives that comes from growing older is that you understand your days are finite on this earth. It is my desire to plant seeds of life into my children and grandchildren. I do not want to do it with a religious spirit–or religious speak. It is my prayer that as we talk and walk this life, I will be so full of His grace, wisdom and insight that they will get the overflow. A big goal, but it is one worthy to set, I believe.
Father, I ask that you help us see our words as treasure. We will spend them wisely into others lives as you word our mouths. If we can’t say anything uplifting, faith-filled, encouraging we will keep our mouths closed until we can. Give us your perspective on these truths. Holy Spirit guard out hearts and our mouths so we can bring honor to you through our lips. In Jesus Name, amen.