I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

Sticks and stones may break my bones…..

on February 24, 2013

face with tear….and words will never hurt me.  Most of us have heard this silly saying and probably never thought much of it.  I used to believe that words didn’t hurt as much as being hit by an object, but words can often hurt us more than a big stick or a large stone.

When someone insults us, blames us, criticizes us or throws foul language at us, it makes a mark that can’t be seen and one that doesn’t go away quickly.  If you are hurt physically, it can hurt a lot, but eventually the pain does go away (at least in most cases).  However, if someone uses mean and cruel words, they will likely be remembered forever and continue to hurt.

Words have power and they can influence us greatly.  Kind words can comfort or heal us and be the beginning of a good relationship.  Unkind words can wound us or even kill our spirit and destroy relationships.

You can pick a person up by just smiling and saying, “Hello, how are you doing today?’  Or you can put a person down by snarling at them and telling them to get out of your way.

We need to be careful with our words and our actions so that we don’t hurt others and make them feel bad.  Too often we don’t even think about what we are saying, and we just let our feelings rule what comes out of our mouths.  We have to be responsible for our words.

Everything we say reflects what is in our hearts.  What is in your heart?  Do you hold any resentment or anger?  Do you feel pain or frustration?  These things may cause you to speak works that may hurt others.

Try to examine what is in your heart and ask yourself if your words hurt or heal.

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.

Watch your words, for they become actions.

Watch your actions, for they become habits.

Watch your habits, for they become character.

Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

~Tom Krause


2 responses to “Sticks and stones may break my bones…..

  1. "Working for Christ" says:

    Well said! Words can definitely hurt more that sticks and stones. Take care and God bless! 🙂

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