by Donna Middlestead
“Sticks and stones may break my bones…but names will never hurt me.”
Growing up in the 1940’s, this was a little ditty we would say to someone if we were angry. Our little differences were just that…little differences, settled in minutes.
In today’s world, things have changed. Many words are ugly and even vicious at times. Some people feel free to use any words they want when describing a person or situation; and even when talking to someone in person.
Ephesians 4:29 states: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Paul does not mention anything about the recipient of our words; only our responsibility in what we say. The words we use depict the kind of people we are. My mother would often say to us, “Treat others the way you would want to be treated.”
Dear God, Please guide each of us to think before we speak and to use words that are good, helpful, and uplifting to others. Thank You for guiding us along life’s journey. Amen.