Conversations can be healthy moments. They can also be damaging. Some words—accusations, rumors, questions, rebukes—never seem to leave us.
Hateful phrases uttered by a parent. Rude comments shouted by a person we thought was a friend. Strange silence when words are appropriate and expected.
But the splendor of healthy discourse must not be missed because gossip and accusations have hurt us. We can say goodbye to the power they hold. We can say hello to pleasant conversations with our friends, our God, and ourselves.
What positive remarks will we state today?
What will we refuse to say?
What difference will our comments—and how we say what we say—make in ourselves, our families, our jobs, our world?
Let’s remember the importance of words.
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. (James 3:9-10 NIV)