Your words have power. Those are the words that we often hear from people but there are times when I wonder if we really believe it. Words truly have the power to create things, change thing, and even shift things. Words have the ability to harm or to heal. Words have the ability to lift or to break down. Words are powerful. Knowing this, a question that we have to ask ourselves is what will we do with the words that reside within us? I’ve often spoken about the seven mountains of culture: the mountains of arts & entertainment, business, education, family, government, media, and religion. Today, I’d like to take a look at one of these mountains to see how the power of words can impact things in that sphere.
As I thought about this, my thoughts initially went to the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah happened to be a young man whom God called during a time when a strong word needed to be given to the nation of Israel. Jeremiah was told that his call as a prophet was to “root out, pull down, destroy, throw down, to build and to plant (Jeremiah 1:10).” To some, the first three things might not seem as though they are positive things that you might want to commit to in relation to your family. Yet, it is.
As a father, I am responsible for many things. One of my responsibilities is to cover, guard, or protect them from those things that may be harmful to them. I guard their hearts from negative speech, lies that others may say about them, or any other thing that would cause them pain or shame. When My children come to me or my wife and say that a friend of theirs taunted them or said something hurtful, I have to be able to speak something to them that is affirming of their identity and even pray over them that what was said does not become rooted in their memory. I am standing as a watchman over them so that the best things are the things they hold fast to.
In other words, I use words of affirmation to root out, destroy and pull down those things that are an offense to my family. This doesn’t always happen in an instant. It takes constant affirmations and words of consolation to then turn what was hurting or harmful to their self-esteem. As I do this, it automatically turns into building up and planting the new hope that needs to actually be present so they can grow into the bright and powerful people that God has created them to become.
You too have the capacity through the power of your words. You can shape the mountain of family, not just your own, but the culture of family as you use words that affirm what family is, what God meant it to be, how God designed it to be a reflection of the wholeness and unity that is in His own self; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Family doesn’t have to be a functionally dysfunctional entity. Family can be a healthy, growing, thriving display of goodness and blessing for the world to be enriched by.
If we believe the words of Moses, that the power of life and death are in the tongue, then we must accept that the words we use can either produce life for our families or utterly destroy it. Look deeply into the words that you’re using daily to see how what you are saying impact your family and the families that you come into contact with on a daily basis. Imagine that you have the ability to transform what already is into what was meant to be, from the beginning. That’s the power of your words.
QUESTION: In what ways do you see your words having an impact on the mountain of family?