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?

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