“Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But Words Will Never Hurt Me.”
18th Century Adage
This childhood adage is one of the most ridiculous falsehoods some of us learned on the playground. Now I completely understand that the sentiment was to disregard the taunts and jeers of those trying to bring you down. However if you literally think about it, sticks and stones actually do break bones and words can for sure cause problems at times.
Words are powerful. Words carry weight. Words can heal. Words can hurt. Everyday we share thousands of words with other people. In this regard it is critical that we are careful with what we say and how we use our words. Words have meaning and can carry and tarry with folks.
Think of a time when someone said something to you that meant so much. Think of a time when someone said something to you that was extremely unpleasant. In either instance, words made an impact for either good or bad.
As we approach the last 42 days of 2019, let us remember the words that we use. Let us use our words to bring hope and not hurt. Let our words bring cheer and not criticism. Let our words heal the wounds of the sticks, stones, and words that have hindered us. Use your words wisely, words have power.
“Never forget who you are. Never forget whose you are. Never forget that your existence on this planet is special. You are here for a purpose, a reason, a miraculous unfolding of all you have to bring to the world. Hold on. Hope on. Don’t give up.”
Rev. Christal Bell
It is day 25 of 2019. It literally seemed like yesterday we were making arrangements for Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year. Now we are twenty-five days into a new month in a brand new year. If your 25 days have been anything like mine, let’s just say it is moving at rocking speed. Every day and every step in this new year has truly taught me something about not only others but myself.
Life truly has its ebb and flow. People come and people go. Situations bring out the best and at times the worst in all of us. This season- Grow yourself, accept yourself, and love every moment in between. None of us are perfect. Though it might seem in a world filled with “likes,” IG hearts, snap filters, and every other customizable emoji created on social media platforms, no one’s life is marvelous all the time. We all have our moments of despair, disappointment, and yes even disdain. In a world where how many followers and friends follow you becomes a natural conversation topic, it might be time for some of us to readjust and realign ourselves with our true purpose and goals.
In Biblical numerology, many scholars agree that the number 25 deals around the concept of “grace upon grace” or blessings given by God. This “grace upon grace” concept is a “better than good to me” realization that despite mistakes and murky moments, God has continued to be faithful and extend a grace that we all are undeserving of.
Never forget that your life is a gift. You are a gift to the world no matter how many “likes” or “followers” you have on your digital platforms. God is a friend that gives a marvelous gift of grace to each of us. So today as you rest and hopefully arise to see day 26, know that God’s grace upon grace is with you. God’s grace is sufficient!
Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.