Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down,
But a good word makes it glad.
There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words,
We live in a day when people think they are tough when insulting another person and making them look like a fool. What the politicians and media have been doing non-stop is now influencing our culture more and more.
I have written a number of purpose statements for my life. Statements that define what I want to be as a person. They aren’t goals because they aren’t measurable, and they are a bit more wordy than my morning commitments. I don’t have a lot, just a dozen, but together they are my picture of a perfect person, the person I am working towards becoming. Here is one of my purpose statements.
I want to serve God with my words, my words to people all around me in my life. Words have great power. God created everything by speaking it into existance. I have the potential, being a disciple of Jesus, to create, to motivate, to heal, to change people, and to communicate the gospel. So many people are full of fear and anxiety, and I would like to fill them full of joy by the words that I speak to them. So many people have wounded hearts from failure, hurts, and disappointments. I want to be able to heal their heart by speaking the right words to them. I want to talk about the Bible to people in such a way that it becomes alive, and they have a real encounter with the God of the universe by the power of words. I want to be able to motivate and energize the discouraged, the depressed, and those who don’I think they are capable of doing anything that really matters, convincing them that they can. I want to speak to people who are confused and don’t know what to do next, and give them wisdom and counsel that would guide them into God’s perfect will for their life. I want very much to speak words to people who are angry, bitter, and at odds with others, moving them to forgive, to be patient, to be kind, and to be at peace with all people.
I believe that I can become that kind of man, that kind of communicator, teacher, servant of God as God teaches me and empowers me.