I was sweeping our backyard when my father came over, put me on his lap, pat my back, and said, “Si Ideng, maliit pa ay masipag na.” I was four years old then, but those words were like precious gems that probably motivated me to enjoy household work, which extended to my studies and in managing my own home. In my graying years, those words have not lost their luster.
It reminds me of this concept in communication that looks at words as “performative” because words can lead to action. Thus, when we say, “sweep the floor,” “buy pandesal” or “turn off the light,” real work is done. A staggering comparison is in God’s work in creation. “And God said, “Let there be light, and there was light.“(Gen 1:3 ). God can create out of nothing only by His words because He is powerful and mighty. Yet our words have power too. Thus we need to be careful about our speech.
In one way or another, all of us have experienced the power of words in our lives. When a mountain of troubles pins us down, encouraging words from a friend can lift us back to our feet. When we can’t go on anymore, a cheering voice can boost our spirit to give the final push to win the race of life. But hurting words are like a dagger to our hearts. We feel the excruciating pain and leaves a wound that takes a long time to heal.
Surely we all want our words to be wholesome and pleasing. So before we speak, Sarah Leone, in her book “Her Husband’s Crown,” suggested that we ask these questions: (1) Is it true? (2) Is it kind? (3) Is it necessary?. These questions will filter our words to keep us from hurting other people.
In reality, it is impossible not to offend with our speech. We need to pray and ask God to make our speech wholesome. It will not only bless others. It will also free us from a lot of troubles. Apostle Peter said it well “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.” (I Peter 3:10).
Our loving God and Father, help us to choose our words, so we can harness the power of words to bless others and honor your name. In Jesus Name… Amen
See the contrast of colors and texture. Flower arrangements abound it nature. We just have to look and be amazed at their beauty. Thank You Lord for this gift beauty around us.