If you want to become the kind of person you were born to be, here’s something to think about: Words form the foundation of your life, so it’s important to consider what kind of words you want to surround yourself with. Words are a big deal, aren’t they? As a pastor, there are certain words that I cannot say from the pulpit. If I did, I would be defrocked and lose my job. Each of us has a responsibility to be accountable for the words we speak, and that’s a good thing. I believe there are certain words that I say every week that change people’s lives for the better, and that’s a positive thing. Words are powerful.
Words also allow us to process knowledge or big ideas. Words are ways for us to comprehend, explain, and communicate concepts. Did you know that wars have been fought over words? Imagine the bloodshed over the word “Christian?” Over the last two thousand years, volumes have been written about this subject. Being a Christian means you’re a friend of God through Jesus Christ. Following Jesus reflects us trusting in Christ’s death and resurrection. A Christian is a disciple of Jesus.
Friend, as Christians and disciples of Jesus, let’s choose to be accountable for the words we surround ourselves with. This would include the words we consume from social media, the internet, radio, and television. We can make a daily choice to speak with wisdom, faithful instruction, and always from a heart of love!