Yesterday morning, I stepped off the treadmill and saw a tiny post it note on my wooden floor. It was crumpled a bit, forgotten about.
I picked it up intending to pitch it in the wastebasket. I paused, read the words. My own writing. Powerful words I had written. At some point. But for this point in time.
Words infused a strength.
I paused for a moment, snapped a picture of the little note. Unsure of the day, the reason I had scrawled the words across the note…no doubt so I would remember them for a moment such as this.
Infuse….to fill, pervade, to cause something to be added
I thought of an exchange of words with someone I had had over the weekend. Were they life breathing words? Did they fill the person with strength? The answer would have to be no, my words did not.
As I read my little note again, I reflected.. listening is powerful but so is the power of the words we express in return. Are they life giving or life zapping? Do my words fill others with strength or something else?
Scripture speaks of guarding our tongue, of being mindful of the words leaving our mouth in so many verses.
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit. Proverbs 15:4
Gracious words are like honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouth, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29
May our words infuse strength today in others and for others as well as ourselves.
Don’t let the sun set on your anger. There is such power in healing words of forgiveness. A simple I’m sorry, I love you…infuses healing strength.
Words…such powerful things…