Think a minute…A famous man said, “Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind. Words are like nitroglycerine: they can blow up bridges—or heal hearts.” It just depends on how you use them: as a weapon to hurt or a tool to help. Our tongue really does have the power of life and death. Words have brought peace or war between nations; life and death to millions. Words can either make or break the reputations and careers of people. So an important secret to success is learning how to use our words well, to say the right thing at the right time in the right way.
Yet sometimes, the best statement we can make is our silence. It’s also a hard argument to beat. Occasionally, the only way to be heard is to be quiet. Those who have the most to say usually say it with the fewest words. It’s the wise, successful person who says more by talking less. Remember, “You’ll almost never hurt yourself by what you don’t say. It’s when the fish opens his mouth that he gets caught.” So a good rule to follow is: “Don’t speak unless you can improve on the silence.”
You can often tell more about a person by what they say about others than by what others say about them. The reason we enjoy talking about the faults of others is so we can feel better about our own faults. You see what you want to see and say what you want to say. It’s out of our heart that our words come. But remember that a good word is as easy to say as a bad one. In fact, if we’re smart, we’ll “keep our words soft and sweet, because we may have to eat them.” Gentle words may fall lightly, but they carry great weight.
So the sooner we learn to use our words well, to build others up instead of tearing them down, the sooner we’ll start enjoying success and happier relationships. But first, we need to change our heart, since that’s where our words come from. Just ask Jesus Christ to change your heart by taking full charge of your attitudes and words everyday. Then ask Him to give you the willpower and wisdom you need so you can win with your words. Just Think a Minute…