You have always wanted super powers. Everyone at some point growing up has day dreamed about what super power they would have if they could. The special abilities to fly, be invisible, to read minds, and change stuff in to other stuff are all at the top of the list. What if all this time you have had a super power and didn’t even realize it?!
Of course, as we know with super powers comes a great responsibility! One fact about super powers: they can be used for good and for evil.
You have the ability to change, shape, morph, and energize, all you must do is realize it.
This special power when not realized is dreadfully harmful. Imagine if Bruce Banner never became aware of his alternative self. The path destruction The Hulk could leave in his wake could be terrifying.
What could is it that you already possess that can be so great and so dangerous? Your Words.
In Eugene Peterson’s The Message Bible translation Proverbs 18:21 reads:
“Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.”
For those who never realize the power of their words will go on through life leaving a path of destruction in their wake and not even realize it.
Do you remember a time when a teacher, friend, or parent said something to you in elementary school that you still think about today? An off the cuff comment or observation that might have may have something little but has stuck with you or has even been devastating for you? Now, if you could ask them this second about that time would they even remember? Chances are slim. Our words are sticky.
On the opposite side of the spectrum think about a time when someone gave you an unexpected thank you, congratulations, or other words of encouragement. Those words spoken to you still hold the power for you today as the day you heard them. Again, if you could ask would that person remember?
Those are just two small examples to illustrate how our words have the ability and power to change someone’s life positively or negatively. Our words linger and change lives even long after we have forgotten them.
In Bob Goff’s book “Love Does” he reminisces about an encouraging card he received as a child from his baseball coach and concludes:
“Words of encouragement are like that. They have their own
power. And when they are said by the right people, they can
change everything. What I’ve found in following Jesus is that
most of the time, when it comes to who says it, we each are the
right people. And I’ve concluded something else. That the words
people say to us not only have shelf life but have the ability to
Question: Do you think the people you encounter in your everyday life realize this super power? If not, what do you think we can do to help? You can leave a comment by clicking here.