During my adolescent years, people would always say, “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.” This cliché was a worldly view of how young people were taught to handle problems. As I grew older, however, I began to realize that a piece of this phrase was actually false.
Foul words spoken can hurt. Unbeknownst to them, they hurt the speaker; but they also hurt the receiver, the listener. Foul words can hurt the spirit and the soul. The mental and emotional scares that they leave, can take days, weeks, months, and even years to heal. The right words, however, especially at the right time, can calm the spirit and heal the soul. The right words can encourage, the right words can empower, the right words can educate!
Now, the “sticks and the stones” part remains true, they may break your bones. However, they should never break your spirit.
At times, life will beat you down to a pulp if you let it. Regardless of what comes your way, seek out words of encouragement to lift you up and give you the strength to keep pressing forward – working toward becoming the person you were created to be. If you can’t find anyone to offer these words, don’t worry, you can always encourage yourself.
© David McGhee