Words can have great and lasting influence in our lives. So much so, that people have gone to the extent of taking their own lives because of how someone else's words influenced them.
Do you remember any important words that your parent/s shared with you? Do you consider them empowering words or suppressing words?
Some of the words that I remember most throughout my life came from people whose influence greatly mattered to me.
I was going on eight years old, when my parents were in the process of a separation leading to divorce, and my mother suffered a nervous breakdown. I can vividly remember when on a day when we would go visit my mother at the hospital where she was staying, my father said to my siblings and I that "if my mother did not get any better soon, we'd be left as orphans".
I remember in high school being told by one of my teachers that I would never become a doctor because I was stupid..... Oh wait, that's not what she said. I clearly remember now. I understood her to have said that; but in reality, she laughed when I told her that I wanted to be a pediatrician.
That's what it was!
I remember after about four years of marriage, being told by my husband that he "just didn't love me anymore".
At times we take them for granted, but some words can change our lives.
And words can change us for the better or for the worse. It all depends....
It all depends? On what exactly?
It all depends on God's purpose and plan for our lives.
Jeremiah 29:11 tells us "I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Genesis 50:20 says, "...You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."
So what did you get for Christmas? I got the gift of words.
My younger son, you know the one with magnificent temper, wrote me a letter telling me how much he loved me and thanking me for all I do for him.
My older son, the one with the more laid back personality, gave me a card in which he expressed how grateful he is for all I do for him and how he is indebted to me.
My daughter, the one who always has a way with words, she simply did what she does best... amuse me with her words.
And lastly, today, while on a car ride, out of no where, my husband came out and told me how beautiful he thinks I am. He even called me an exemplary woman, and added that he's very fortunate to have me.
Words.... It's amazing what they can do!
What's interesting is that Jesus was referred to as the Living Word. God shared His word with us and for us.
... "in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God"
... "and the word became flesh"
Jesus came so that God's word would be complete. And because of it, we can live. Live life to the fullest, and live eternally with Him.
So today I'm grateful for words.
I'm not a doctor, but I've learned to mend my children's little hearts.
After nearly 20 years now, my husband has realized that he does love me more than he thought he could.
And I was not left an orphan. In fact, I will never be fatherless because of these most powerful words: John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son so that whosoever believes, shall not perish but have everlasting life."
If I were to measure my worth by these words, you can consider me very rich indeed.
And there you have it! My gifts of words this Christmas.
What else can a gal ask for?