Words

Rebecca KLiving as Anabaptists

Every day we choose the words we use.

Often we choose our words based on what we want the other person to hear. You didn’t do what I asked you to do. I know what to do in this situation. I have something important to say. Here’s what I think of your Facebook post.

Chances are we don’t think much about how our words affect the other person. We have something to say and we’re in a rush to move on. But most of our words are part of a dialogue that involves at least one other person, both in terms of what we say and what we write. What if we considered the impact of our words? In most cases, there is more than one way to say the same thing.

An example might be a situation when you disagree with another person. You could say, “you’re wrong and here’s why” or you could say “let’s consider an alternative way of looking at this and try to figure something out together.” Which one has a positive impact on the other person?

Anabaptists believe that being a follower of Jesus means behaving in a new way. One of our core values focuses on reconciliation as being the center of our work. To reconcile people means to restore friendly relations, not create a winner and loser. As Anabaptists, we strive to live reconciliation by saying words that restore right relationships instead of passing judgment.

In Proverbs 16:24, it says “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

Today I choose to say gracious words.

Today I choose to think about the impact of my words before I say them or write them.

Today I choose to use words that offer hope and healing to another person.