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07 Jun Word

While driving in the car the other day, my daughter responded “That’s weird” to something I said I liked. Granted, most of the time I think I’m pretty weird, but for some reason, this comment struck a nerve.

I’ve been thinking about this all week. Our world has changed dramatically in the past 50 years.
We have gone from primarily face to face communication to electronic as our primary source of exchanging information. The Bible is very clear about the danger of the tongue. Words have the power to either build or destroy, to communicate love or hate, to bring people together or to cause irreversible separation. The words we speak, whether it is from our mouth or fingers, flow from our hearts. If our heart is full of anger, hatred, and bias, it will flow into what we say and post.

Social media has become a place to say what you want with little to no repercussions. If our hearts are full of love, compassion and grace, it too will naturally flow into our communications.
As I told my daughter, one simple word “weird” could hurt someone. Let’s think about what we say before we say it. Just because we have the right to speak what’s on our mind, it doesn’t mean that speaking it is the right thing to do.