Written By: Vicki Johnson
The words escaped my lips before I knew it. His face indicated that my verbal aim was dead on, devastating the target. My son and I were going round and round about a situation his thoughtless attitude had caused and I was trying desperately to make my point clear. Choosing sarcasm to express myself resulted in collateral damage to our relationship requiring a diligent effort on my part to repair the harm my careless words had caused.
Like a hand that has the power to caress or slap the face, our words affect others to heal or to hurt. We say things without thinking, not considering the long-term implications. Words, like seeds, live in the hearts and minds of those who hear them. Eventually they can germinate and produce more fruit of the same kind.
Proverbs 18:21 says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
A seed is the promise of life. No horticulturist intentionally plants weeds in her garden. Who wants an abundance of unwanted, undesirable plants that only live to choke out the potential of beneficial produce? Great care is taken to plant a valuable seed in ground that will receive, establish, nourish, and grow it to full maturity and productivity.
Words can and should generate hope for those who have given up, love when hate is clouding the issues, comfort in times of hurt, kindness when tempted to lash out in anger. The kernel of this potential rests in the goodness of God.
Life began by the Word of God. God has given us the gift of speech; utilizing The Word in everyday life.
Make the most of your opportunities to plant good seeds into your family, the people you work with, strangers who cross your path as you go about your day.
Just wait and see what a beautiful harvest results!
Vicki lives in southeastern Pennsylvania with her pastor hubby, David, and daughter, Esther. Her four sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren live in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota. She has just settled into her third home in the last four years and is looking forward to putting down roots, geographically and horticulturally. She writes at: http://gracefilledgirl.com/index.html , offering a cup of cool water for the marathon of life. She works as an on air announcer at 1075AliveFM/WBYN where her radio sign-off is 1 Thessalonians 5:24 “Faithful is He who calls you, and He will bring it to pass.”