August 13, 2021: The Power of Words
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Prov. 18:21, NKJV).
This verse reminds me of the power that words have, and that I have to watch what I say. Words can either encourage or destroy, and, because they can stick in one’s mind forever, they can positively or negatively affect the lives of others. This is important to me because I have not always been careful with my words, and have hurt people as a result.
I once read a story about a group of frogs that were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.
The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?” The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.
Destructive words can tear others down, but encouraging words can lift them up and help them. Choose your words wisely, for words are forever.
Lord, teach me to be careful with my words. Help me to be encouraging to everyone. Amen.
Nicole Daneker is an eighth-grader at the Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary School in Virginia.