Reprinted from the September / October 2013 issue of “Christian Woman” Magazine.
By choosing our words carefully, we can be a positive influence in others’ lives.
“Oh, be careful little mouth what you say. / For the Father up above / is looking down in love. / So be careful little mouth what you say.”
Perhaps you remember that song from when you were a child. I use it with my Bible class sometimes. There are other verses involving little eyes, ears, hands and feet, and young children usually like to sing this song as they point to their own eyes, ears, mouth, etc. They also warm to the idea of a Father who is up above and looking down in love.
We adults sometimes forget that the basic lessons taught in children’s songs contain important messages for all of us. God loves each of us as His little children. He watches over us daily. Knowing and understanding the great love He has shown for us, we should most certainly be careful about the things we do and say. We are to glorify God with our good works and with our speech. In this way, Christians have a unique opportunity to bring light into the world and to influence others for God.
Our Words Make a Difference
Influence can be very powerful. We all affect the lives of others every day, and we are influenced, in turn, by other people. Some individuals have a greater impact on us than others, and many of these people are not soon forgotten. We tend to remember what they said or did, and most important, we remember how their words made us feel. By choosing our words carefully, we can be a positive influence in others’ lives.
Christ was remembered for the things He “began both to do and teach” (Acts 1:1 NKJV). We, too, will be remembered by others for our words as well as our actions. The things we say and how we say them can make a significant difference to someone who needs to hear a particular thing at a given time. Our words can offer needed comfort and hope, and they can be used to teach others of Jesus. How wonderful it is to be able to serve our Savior with words that are “spoken at the right moment”(Proverbs 25:11 MLB).