Words…Intake vs. Output

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How’s your intake…and how does it compare to your output?  Every day all of us intake (receive) words spoken into us.  We also output (speak words into those around us).  The negative criticism and judgements that we hear tend to be the nutrients that feeds what we speak into others.  This can be our spouse, kids, ministry team, or even the innocent grocery store checker.  I’ve been guilty of this many times!

Our encouragement to others often goes unappreciated, yet when we speak damaging words those are often remembered for a lifetime.

At one time or another, we have all been on both sides of this statement.  And it’s so true!  When you help or encourage someone, don’t you want them to remember it?  Don’t you wish your efforts would be a lasting blessing?

Don’t use foul or abusive language.  Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.   Ephesians 4:29

May we all strive to have our words spoken from our hearts…and not our hurts.  Remember, your words to a total stranger today just might be the only uplifting words they will hear!

Has someone recently spoken words of encouragement to you?  How did it impact you and your day?

Comments are always appreciated.

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