Words

The Power of Words by ~dealivedWords can give us a smile or ruin our day. They can change the course of one’s life and alter the future of a nation. Words can start wars and end wars. They can kill people and heal people. Words give us hope and take it away. They preserve thought and show lack of thought. Words make us laugh and they also make us cry. The most powerful force we can control are our words.

Think about this for a minute… Words written thousands of years ago still affect lives today, change history, create history, help us understand history… Some of us spend lives fighting with words… how the universe works, or why Turks hate Armenians, or Romney’s words vs. Obama’s words. How about the Bible or the Quran, or the US Constitution, or the Immigration and Nationality Act (for an immigrant who can’t escape his country’s words)…

Henry David Thoreau in Walden writes “Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.” I suggest that words must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they are written. What if the writer spends little time considering his words? There is much to be read in unwritten words or poorly selected words. John 1:1 gives another even more profound meaning to the word word.

Last week, after much consideration, I decided to resign from the Parish Council of our church. Words caused this to happen, poorly written words, hidden words, words lacking in effort, words that should have been there but were nowhere to be found, words not spoken or spoken but not written, words written with much thought but read with little thought or not even read. These words altered the rest of our lives and maybe even more lives. These words were more powerful than any other force of nature. They compelled us to act with conviction, to protect our integrity, to stand firm in our beliefs, and to stay true to our words. That’s the power of words…

My friend said to me a few weeks ago “saying is also doing.” How true…

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