NaBloPoMo 2009 Day 15 — Words
We heard a good message this morning at church about the power of words. David said that the average person speaks 16,000 words each day. (Jen would argue that I might do that in a week.) Regardless, we speak a lot of words over a lifetime, and they have an impact on those who hear them. Speaking words of encouragement is not something that comes naturally to me. Having a child though magnifies the importance of developing that skill. You would think that having a wife might, but what can I say? I’m not perfect. Not by a long shot! I’m not proud of that; just being honest.
But having K-Man around really does make messages like this morning’s hit me in the face. And it’s not just about saying words that build him up. It’s as much about avoiding words that retard his enthusiasm. I need patience to deal with his off-the-charts energy. I’m not wired that way. I’m also not 3 years old. I need to adjust my reactions to things because it’s not fair to him to expect him to have that much self-control. When I examine this, I generally come back to my selfishness. I get caught up in what I want to do or not do. It doesn’t apply just to Kee’s demands on my time either.
David made another good point this morning about the words we say. It’s not just about words we say to others. We also need to stop saying a lot of the negative things we say to ourselves about ourselves. Is there a more powerful influence on our psyche than the words we let fly in our own heads? I think not.