How Do You Steward Your Words? By Tami Heim
Use the power of your words for good!
Your words carry with them the power to bring life and truth or take them both away. As a leader, any notion that what you write and say doesn’t matter is simply not true.
A day doesn’t pass where your words aren’t influencing the thinking, behavior, or development of another person. You create, lead, and influence with the words you release. Think about the last words you deposited in the lives of your spouse, kids, parents, friends, supervisor, colleagues, or even the last comment you posted in a social media feed.
But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned. ~ Matthew 12:37
Are you ready to be accountable for every word you speak? My sweet mother always told me that if something was not good, kind or true, I best not be saying it or even thinking it. She was one wise woman!
With your words something begins or continues. Consider what would change if today you would steward your words to accomplish the following:
Make mention of Him often and speak of His presence in your life. People are seeking to be connected to something bigger and you’ve access to the biggest and best of all creation. Acknowledging Him often keeps you aware of His presence and your accountability.
Be quick to offer praise regardless of the circumstances. The drift of life changes, as the Spirit inhabits your praise. This attitude in all things has the power to transform every situation.
Show gratitude and communicate your appreciation. ‘Thank you” affirms how you value people and the situations you encounter. Gratitude brings a swell of confidence to those around you.
Share your knowledge and be helpful whenever you discover a need for what you know. Knowledge given is power amplified. If you have the answer or an important insight, contribute.
Accentuate the Positive
Look for the good in situations, take the high road, and find ways to lift someone’s spirit. Practice being a lifter, not a leaner. Pay attention to those around you. Listen and help them see a possibility that might be too hard for them to see on their own.
“God spoke the universe into existence. Our words have the power to hurt or empower. Words matter to God, and He wants them to matter to us.” – Jack Wellman
Tami Heim is the president and CEO of Christian Leadership Alliance.
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