Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24
#Hashtags can be a great tool for communicating or searching for something on your social media platforms. They can also sometimes be an overly annoying presence on social media. Hashtags can be too long, hard to read, and annoying to others who do not know how they are intended to be used. We can say the same thing about some of the words we use each day!
Today I saw the hashtag #wordsmatter and it inspired me to share this story.
Words can be utilized for good or evil, but they always matter.
As part of my ministry, I spend quite a bit of time on social media and interact with women daily. Sharing God’s message with a hurting world is an incredible privilege. The world is so negative, and heartache is poured out daily on social media, so I try to be the encourager – the one who posts just the right message for the hurting person scrolling by. Sometimes it is a serious, inspiring thought, a scripture, or an image, and other times, it’s just fun, uplifting humor. I always try to be a light in a dark world.
Do you ever wonder if what you are doing is even making a difference? Isn’t that the ultimate goal – to live out our God-given purpose, make and difference by being a blessing to others?
Recently, I shared an image on Facebook saying, “Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.” The first comment on it was “Oh. I love this so much. I want to be this.” I smiled, thankful the message made an impact on someone, and never gave it another thought.
Weeks later, I received a message from a very special lady who had a necklace made of the saying, asking if she could send me one as thanks for always inspiring and encouraging others. I love it so much and wear it often to remind me that my words do matter.
That was validation that #wordsmatter. Whether it be a #hashtag or an #inspiringquote or #scripture, words make a difference to others.
We need to realize that while positive words lift up, negative words can hurt others and bring them down.
I saw this on Facebook recently. This is the analogy of a tube of toothpaste. It instructs us to squeeze all the toothpaste out of the tube and then try to put it all back in. While we realize as rational adults that this is impossible, the visual it creates is effective. The toothpaste represents the words we speak that we will never be able to be put back into our mouths. This reminds us to only speak words that are positive and uplifting so that we will never want or have the need to scoop them back up and put back into our mouths.
We are all God’s children, and our assignment is to share His love with the hurting world; we are to edify one another. Try turning your message into a ministry and let God use you today to dispense His goodness into the lives of others. #SPEAKLIFE