I was reminded this past week about words.
About how helpful and harmful words can be.
Words that are never meant to hurt but do.
How we speak to each other not only impacts people for the moment, but it impacts people for a lifetime.
I’ll never forget 1981. My dad became a pastor, and we moved to St. Marys, Ohio.
On that first day of school, my very first class was PE. I didn’t have PE clothes, so I sat on the bleachers the entire time. Close to the end of the class period, 2 girls came up and one sat on either side of me.
They began chanting to me “U. G. L. Y. you don’t have an alibi. Your ugly. Your ugly.” Over and over again.
First day of school.
Not knowing anyone at all.
No where to turn.
No one to run to.
I remember nothing else from that year. I don’t remember their names. I don’t remember their faces, but I do remember their words.
What are YOU saying to others?
How are you saying those words?
How are YOU impacting the people around you?
Do you build each other up?
Are you flippant and sarcastic?
Do you tell people that you care?
Do you tell them in such a way that it will stay with them for the rest of their lives?
Be careful what you say.
The spoken word can NEVER be taken back, can never be erased.