How our words make a difference

How our words make a difference

How powerful are the words we use? 

Well, Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…”

There’s a reason why in our references to magic we call it casting a spell.
Abracadabra even means, “I will create as I speak.”

Then we have the kid classic, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” which we all know is one of the biggest lies we fill our heads with. 

When was the last time you thought about being intentional with the words you use? 

A concept I have really come to enjoy over the years is choosing a word for the year. 

It’s been incredibly beneficial for me as I seek to focus what I do around that central word. 

Words I’ve chosen in the past were:
Deeper
Enough
Persistence

That’s not to say I have been perfect at implementing my focus word in every moment. But unless we have something we are aiming for, we’ll never get there.

The whole purpose of having a word for the year isn’t to limit ourselves. But instead, bring intentionality to everything we do. 

When you look at a professional athletes you don’t think, “Wow, they’ve really limited themselves.” You think about how impressive it is they’ve honed their skills to that level.

Think of if you were to focus on Pursuing for an entire year.
How would your marriage look if every day you thought, “I’m going to pursue my husband.”
How would the relationship with your child look if you thought, “I’m going to pursue them.” 
How would your entire life look if you pursued your dreams for a full year? 

A word of the year is simply about becoming a “professional” in one aspect of your life so that at the end of the year you can look back and be proud of the progress you’ve made and the person you’ve become.

Your word might reflect a weakness you want to work on.
Or it might be a strength you want to capitalize on. 

Whatever you choose, I pray you learn more about God, others, and ultimately yourself as you put a spotlight on a specific area of growth.


Do you have a word of the year? I’d love it if you reached out and shared your word with me! Just send me an email and we can chat about our words!

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