Did you know the first week of March is annually celebrated as “Words Matter Week?” And that in honor of this holiday, the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) is hosting a Blog Challenge each day?
Yesterday was the first I heard of this celebration… so here I am, jumping in on the March 9th challenge for conversation!
Challenge: What is your favorite quote about words and why?
Well, with the theme of this blog, can there be any doubt? The right words at the right time are like apples of gold in settings of silver. — Proverbs 25:11 Because words hold power and I want mine to bring life and encouragement… just exactly when needed.
Head hung low, the little girl entered the school cafeteria line and sighed. Words like “stupid,” “useless,” and “never amount to anything” had already been spoken over her so many times, crushing her spirit under their weight.
“Good morning, Sunshine!” a server greeted her, warmly. Looking into the woman’s smiling eyes, light lifted the child’s heart for the first time. Years later, she recalls this daily incident as life-changing. “It was the one moment in my day when someone affirmed me,” the now award-winning singer said on a recent talk show, “and led the way to my believing I could become somebody.”
Listening to her story, a lump rose in my throat. Only a few days earlier, I’d been talking with a friend whose nine year-old daughter is struggling under her own label of “stupid.” Having a slight learning disability, the one thing school seems to have ingrained in her is that she must be “set apart” for the “dumb class” one hour a day. Kids make fun of her. Defeat is her banner. Fear, her crushing enemy. “Can’t I just stay home?” is her daily, heartbreaking plea.
Something in me longs to erase those poisonous negatives she now rolls around in her mind and surround this child I barely know with words of life:
I ask the Lord to make these words circle and enfold her each moment until they take root in her heart, lifting her eyes to see herself as a beautiful dream of God…. and setting her own dreams flying on new wings of hope. No more may she declare lies over herself, but soar under the banner of his love.
Do you know someone who could use an uplifting word today? Remember…your words matter! I’d be encouraged to hear your favorite quotes about words, too, if you’d like to leave a comment...
© Pam Depoyan
Linked with Salina and her Listen to His truth post at “http://www.heartreflected.com”