This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Ephesians 4:29 (ESV)
Today, I am thinking about how we can use our words to plant seeds in others to evoke their potential.
Recently, I was talking about how I’ve begun to see movement on some of my prayers being answered. I guess it’s fair to say that I’ve been feeling really blessed lately.
Feeling blessed, prompts me to ask – “How can I be a blessing to another?”
One immediate way is through our words. I am reminded of this approach from a conversation that I had with a pastor a few years ago. I will never forget what he taught me during our brief talk.
During our conversation, I began commenting on how my teenage son’s grade in one of his classes was driving me crazy, because I knew that he was not working at his full potential. He was more interested in being playful in class rather than productive.
While expressing my frustrations, this pastor cautioned me – “Watch your words. Don’t just scold and discipline him, and leave it at that. Instead, speak into his destiny. Speak to him as if he were the young man you want to see five years from now.”
This was a very powerful lesson for me. Today, I still correct my sons, but I no longer use those words to end our talk. I have learned to use my words as seeds of inspiration, spoken from my heart and into their destiny.
I also appreciated how his counsel went far beyond my son. I could also use this approach to lift a friend’s spirit, or to coach someone on my team at work.
The Words that inspire me are, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29 (ESV)
Please share this reflection, because others desire to be inspired.
So today, use your words to speak into someone’s destiny.
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