Over the past couple of years of knowing Tammy, she has challenged me to pray about and claim a “Word of the Year”. Something that The Lord is calling me to work on and put focus into doing better. Last year my word was intentional, which truthfully I could probably continue working on for a while longer!
I thought this year I would claim the phrase, “be present", because life is so busy and I felt like I was rushing from one activity to the next. But as the year wore down The Lord was pressing something much stronger on my heart. “WORDS.” So as I've been praying about it and trying to digest the meaning of it, God has shown me a couple of areas that I need to be intentional with my “WORDS.”
1.) Build Up-
I’m not sure about you, but there are times when I notice someone doing a great job or I’m encouraged by their words or actions or I just really appreciate something about them, but I don’t express that in words to them. I assume they know or I have great intentions of sending a note of encouragement but never get to it...
Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
2.) Sometimes it is wise not to say anything. To keep the words you’d like to say, to yourself.
Proverbs 12:23 says, “The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool’s heart blurts out folly.”
This is much easier said than done, but when I consider whether or not I want to be a fool or be wise, it helps me control my tongue a little better.
And last, when I haven’t used my words wisely, when I haven't represented The Lord the very best that I can, then I need to repent. To Him? Always! But sometimes to another person as well.
Matthew 5:23-24 says, “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.”
1 Corinthians 10:31-33 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.”
This a great principal to apply to all we do. We are sinners saved by God’s amazing grace, and we are never going to be perfect, at least not in this lifetime. But the goal is to be more like Jesus. The goal is to serve The Lord with our lives. The goal is to bring others to know salvation through Jesus! So when my actions don’t represent Him well, And when they cause another person to stumble away from God, I need to clear that up with them.
This is my challenge for this coming year, but I have a feeling “WORDS” is something we all struggle with from time to time. I hope this encourages you to use your words for great things!
Audra and her husband Jordan are called to ministry and he is the senior pastor at their church. They have two beautiful children who bring them tons of joy, lots of laughs, and on occasion new grey hair. She is a former teacher who still loves to teach, enjoys cooking and baking, and has a passion to lead other women to know Jesus and live out their faith in Him.