For the past several days, I have been thinking about the quote, “Everything comes with a price”. I had this epiphany the other day where that quote came to mind realizing that all the time and energy that I have put into the book and other projects these last several years has come at a price…a price to just about everything. I so desperately wanted to write about it but when I sat down this morning I kept going back to a series that our church is doing right now called Words with Friends and it’s really starting to sink in.
Here is a summary of how they have described this “Words with Friends” series: “Words are powerful things. They give us the power to heal and the power to hurt. The power to give hope and the power to discourage. The power to build up and the power to tear down. There is no marriage, family, friendship, or relationship that isn’t either made stronger or made weaker by how you choose and use your words. Yet controlling what we say from moment to moment is perhaps one of the most daunting challengers…It is the closest most of us will ever come to trying to tame a wild beat. This series will help each of us in our quest to control our tongue.”
I am not sure any of us quite know and understand the power of our words and how they can be used for us and, just as quickly, against us. It all comes back to self-awareness and to recognize whether we are putting out more positive than negative into the world. Learning to come up out of ourselves and peer down at the shell of ourselves and just watch and listen and be aware.
During the series, this phrase of thinking before you speak has come up several times. They broke it down into the acronym terms that many of us have probably heard or seen before. To “T-H-I-N-K” of each letter of this word before saying a thing:
T – Ask your self is it “True” what you are about to say?
H- Is it “Helpful”?
I – Is it “Inspiring”
N – Is it “Necessary”
K – Is it “Kind”
So when I thought about writing about “Everything comes at a price”, I put that T-H-I-N-K acronym into motion and stopped myself from writing more about it as it’s really not “necessary”. Restraint can be a hard thing but I guess like anything it takes practice. So, I’m practicing by just shutting up = ) so I’ll leave you with the task they set before us this past weekend – an “Encouragement Challenge”. To go out and encourage at least one person every single day using the below guidelines:
- Whenever an encouraging thought comes to mind, “SHARE” it!
- When you see someone making positive changes in their life, “AFFIRM” them.
- Tell others how they have “ENCOURAGED” you.
- Write someone a “NOTE OF ENCOURAGEMENT”.
- When you introduce someone, add a few words of “PRAISE”.
So, let’s all go off to our day and see what types of “Encouragement” we can offer to all those around us! Should be a fun day!
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