Want to win $20?
It’s a question I often ask when trying to get a volunteer at a “Revolutionary Love” conference.
Here’s the trick. I ask the brave girl who comes forward to completely empty the tube of toothpaste I hand her. After she has created the gooey blue pile, I inform her that she will now need to put all back in the tube…then she’ll win the $20.
You can imagine her expression! It is impossible to put it back; the same is true with our words once they escape our mouths.
This little exercise is a great way to demonstrate the power of words. We grew up hearing “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. So not true! Sticks and stones create physical pain, but words have the power to wound or empower. Proverbs 18:21 says that the tongue has the power of life and death; that is some pretty amazing power.
In my home, my girls and I have a pact. If I catch them gossiping about another, I get to point it out. The opposite is also true: if they catch me gossiping about another, they respectfully point it out to me as well. I have found this to be a good way for all of us to be on guard about the words we say about another.
Proverbs 16:28 tells us “A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.” Let’s be women who demonstrate each day to our girls that we understand the power of words and are purposing to use our words for good.