“Stop lying. You’re going to turn out like your father and end up in jail,” the woman in the mall told her little boy. He was probably six or seven years old.
The little boy hung his head and said nothing.
I grieved because of the pain those words caused that child.
I remembered a man who said, “My dad told me over and over I wouldn’t amount to anything. I heard that so many times I believed him. I lived up to his expectations of me, and I haven’t amounted to anything.”
On another occasion, a young woman said, “Yvonne, my parents told me all the time that I didn’t have what it takes to go to college. I believed them. So I didn’t study much in high school. I assumed it would be pointless.”
Through sobs, a teenager said, “My father cursed at me all the time and called me filthy names. He was sober. But he was always angry at everybody and took it out on me.”
Has your heart been pierced by someone’s words? That person had no right to belittle you, crush your spirit, and demolish your dreams and hopes.
Have you pierced someone’s heart with your words? If you have, apologize to the person and make amends to the best of your ability. Do it before it’s too late. Help that person move from broken to beautiful.
Proverbs 12:18: “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
Dear God, help me speak words that bring healing. Amen.
Application: What will you do this week to make amends for times your words pierced like swords? To whom will you bring words of healing?
Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega August 3, 2015