“Your words have power!” These are the words that we often hear from people but there are times when I wonder if we really believe it. Words truly have the power to create things, change things, and even shift things. Words have the ability to harm or heal. Words have the ability to lift or break down…Words are powerful.
Knowing this, a question that we have to ask ourselves is, “What will we do with the words that reside within us?” I’ve often spoken about the seven mountains of culture: the mountains of arts & entertainment, business, education, family, government, media, and religion. Today, I’d like to take a look at one of these mountains to see how the power of words can impact things within that sphere.
As I thought about this, my thoughts initially went to the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah happened to be a young man whom God called during a time when a strong prophetic word needed to be given to Israel. Jeremiah was told that his call as a prophet was to “root out, pull down, destroy, throw down, to build and to plant (Jeremiah 1:10).” To some, the first three things might not seem as though they are positive things that you want to commit to in relation to your family. Yet, it is.
As a father, I am responsible for many things. One of my responsibilities is to cover, guard, or protect my family from things that may be harmful to them. I guard their hearts from negative speech, lies that others may say about them, and any other thing that would cause pain or shame.
When my children come to me or my wife saying that a friend of theirs taunted them or said something hurtful, I have to be able to speak something to them that is affirming of their identity. I am also to pray over them that what was said does not become rooted in their memory. I am standing as a watchman over them so that the best things are the things they hold fast to.
In other words, I use words of affirmation to root out, destroy and pull down those things that are an offense to my family. This doesn’t always happen in an instant. It takes constant affirmations and words of consolation to turn away what was hurting or harmful to their self-esteem. As I do this, it automatically turns into building up and planting the new hope needing to be present so they can grow into the bright and powerful people God created them to be.
You can shape the mountain of family through the power of your words! It is not just for your own family, but also the culture of family as you use words that affirm what family is and what God intended family to be. And you can speak how God designed family to be a reflection of the wholeness and unity that is in His own self; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Family doesn’t have to be a functionally dysfunctional entity. Family can be a healthy, growing, thriving display of goodness and blessing for the world to be enriched by.
If we believe the words of Solomon in Proverbs 18:21, that the power of life and death are in the tongue, then we must accept that the words we use can either produce life for our families or destroy it. Look deeply into the words that you’re using daily to see how what you are saying impacts your family and the families that you come in contact with. Imagine that you have the ability to transform what already is into what was meant to be from the Beginning. That’s the power of your words.
QUESTION: In what ways do you see your words having an impact on the mountain of family?
This article is the first of seven articles in first published on A Preacha’s Kid Blog.
Brian Taylor was born, raised and educated in Baltimore, Maryland. As the son of a preacher in one of the largest Pentecostal denominations, Brian has had the opportunity to experience many aspects in the life of a preacher; the joys as well as the pains and sorrows. In time, Brian also followed the call of God, becoming a preacher in the same Pentecostal Fellowship.
Brian is the proud husband of Nia Taylor and father to three wonderful children. Now residing in Virginia Beach, Virginia and with his passion for life and a firm faith in God, he seeks to use every medium available to him to speak life into the lives of others. With several books in the works, dealing with marriage, the Church, Sickle Cell and love, he hopes to encourage, inspire, and uplift people everywhere.
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