Our words, both spoken and written, are powerful and potentially life-changing.  Words inspire, encourage, and comfort.  They dissuade, discourage, and hurt.   Words can start and sustain a movement.  Martin Luther and Adolf Hilter come to mind.  Both started and sustained a movement with spoken and written words.  One good.  One bad.  The words you use, whether you write them or speak them, are important.

I wonder if we really think our words are that important.  I wonder if there are times we are careless with our words.  I wonder how often we think before we speak or write.  I wonder if we really believe that our words are important.

Paul, an apostle and writer of several New Testament books, wrote these words, “Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever.  So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:10-11, New Living Translation).

I want my words to encourage.  I want my words to build others up.  How about you?