We have two creation accounts in the book of Genesis. In this first one, God speaks and things come into being. He creates by the word of his mouth. That makes me a little jealous.
“God said, ‘Let there be….’ And so it was” (Genesis 1:1-24.)
How I wish I could do the same! Oh boy, all my wishes would be realised just at once. However, I realise that even though I may not have the power to command things, like in a magical way, nevertheless, my word is still powerful. And you; are you aware of the power of the word that comes from your mouth?
Are they just words?
I wonder if we do actualise realise the weight of the words we send flying out there. Consequently, we don’t realise either how many new embryos are formed every time we speak.
How many times do you hear people say: oh, those are just words! It’s a way of saying they are nothing. Well, it can be true if we refer to a person who hides behind words to lie or someone who does not commit himself to his words. Yet, we may be wrong to minimise the power of words because we end up not caring what we say –thinking they are just words.
This account of creation makes me think a bit differently; it invites me especially to be a little more cautious.
A word that creates
My words and yours, like that of God, are capable of creating. In fact, not only are they capable but they have actually given birth to something or to someone, whether you know it or not. Hence, words we pronounce are not just some sound waves that go flying till they die out. They are fecund.
It may happen, even without knowing, you just say word but it goes to mean a lot to the other. It uplifts someone, making them believe in themselves once again. As a result, it’s a complete new baby that begins to develop. By that little sound from your mouth, almost magically, you elevate and stir up persons who have always thought of themselves as being useless. So, like God’s word, our word also is creative. No doubt, we have created wonders –if only we were aware of them we would be proud of that. Yet, that’s not all.
A word that demolishes
Our word has also the power to demolish. Oh yes, and possibly we have done also a lot of damage -unfortunately.
A little word we pronounce, even without much thinking, flies out straight, like a stray bullet, to cleave a neighbour’s heart. Yes, you say something that just leaves others feeling they are good for nothing. It’s in this way that some people have been slain or left handicapped for life.
Know what your word does
Yes, I realise my word has power to create and to destroy as well. I just think, would it not be interesting to ask myself at the end of each day: how many people did I create or kill by my word?
No wonder some sage said: Your words have power. Speak words that are kind, loving, positive, uplifting, encouraging, and life-giving (author unknown).
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