So there is a house on my way to work that caught fire last fall. I remember thinking, “How sad for that family.” I never did hear much about them and how they were doing.
The house was almost a total loss. It has stood burned out and vacant for about 8 months.
I drive by this house every day on my way to work.
That being the case, imagine my surprise when in one afternoon I find out that the house was demolished and the remains put in a big dumpster in a matter of a few hours.
That got me thinking about our words as leaders. Our words can either build up or tear down.
Building a house takes a long time. We were privileged enough to have a friend build a house for us. It took about three months from start to finish.
What takes 3 months to build, can be torn down in a matter of hours.
And so it is with our words.
We can carefully build people up, but with one little spark, one negative comment here or there, and our pouring into someone and encouraging them can be undone quicker than we think.
James 3:1-12 speaks of this. The power of life and death is in the tongue. Words help and heal or they wound and weary.
That helps us to discover the power of our words to help build people up or tear them down.
Let’s think before we speak, especially when we work in “church world.”
Let’s realize that our words can bring life, encouragement, and revitalization to others. When we have the opportunity to speak life in Jesus’ name from God’s word, let’s take it.