I remember it like it was yesterday. I can remember the feeling of being so down on myself. When you play a half of basketball as bad as I just had, there’s no getting around the feeling of disappointment and anger that overwhelms your mind. I had gotten benched to start the second half and that is when my coach came up to me and uttered words that were immediately carved into the very depths of my soul. Little did I know that I was seconds away from completely losing the passion to play the game of basketball which I had dedicated over a decade of my life and countless hours to. I had used him as a reference to play college basketball. Knowing this, he came up to me and said, “You have one half to prove to me that you have what it takes to play college basketball because right now, I don’t think you do.” My heart dropped. I was sick. If he was trying to motivate me, it didn’t work. At that moment, I told myself that I was done with the game of basketball. All the hours in a gym, all those summer weekends playing AAU were gone. Forget it. I don’t want anything to do with it.
This week, we are digging a little deeper into the commandment to not murder. I sincerely hope that you all have this down pat. However in the book of Proverbs, Solomon says that “death and life are in the power of the tongue. In Matthew 5, Jesus says that if you hate someone, it is the same as committing murder in your heart. What about if you allow your hate to overflow from the heart and out of your mouth?
If you haven’t experienced it yet, words destroy. Through them, we have the ability to lift people up to the highest of highs or pummel them into the lowest of lows.
How are you going to use your words?
Is there someone that you need to apologize to? Is there someone that could really use some encouragement that you can offer?
Imagine the impact we would make if instead of using our words for evil, which is so common, we used them to tell others about Jesus? Words destroy…but they don’t have to. They can be the very thing that shows someone the hope they can have in Jesus.