“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” — Proverbs 25:11
Have you ever said something you wished you could take back? I know I have, more times than I’d like to admit. It’s easy to spout off without thinking. But it’s not wise and actually can be quite harmful. Think about how someone’s careless words made you feel.
That old nursery rhyme we learned growing up about words never hurting is exactly that: a nursery rhyme. It’s a myth. That fact has been proven over and over again, as evidenced by the bullying problem many are facing today. In reality, our words have the power to build up or to tear down.
According to the biblical book of Proverbs, our words can:
Or they can:
I don’t know about you, but I’d like to use my words for good. I don’t always succeed, but it’s a good thing to strive for.
Other Proverbs discuss how those who guard their tongues stay out of trouble. I think Thumper’s mom in the movie “Bambi” had a good, although grammatically incorrect, mantra: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all” — in person or on social media.
You have choices in the words you speak. Please select them wisely.
Christian, wife, mother of 5, breast cancer survivor, marathon finisher, writer and editor, author of "Help! I'm a Science Project"