Sometimes our lives can change in a moment through the powerful impact of others. You can change someone's life in a few minutes with the right words. Like a compelling word, we can gain hope, even change the course of our lives.

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I'm sure most of us could share stories of a conversation that forever impacted our lives, words from a teacher that changed the way we saw the world, words of encouragement that restored our confidence, gentle words from a friend that carried us through a difficult time.

Perhaps this is why the Book of Proverbs spends so much time emphasizing our responsibility to treasure words and us them wisely. Scripture never treats speech as if it's "just talk." Instead we are taught that our words can have life-or-death consequences. In just a few words we could crush someone's spirit, or, through words of wisdom and hope, nourish and strengthen others.


Not all of us have the ability to create powerful words. But we each can seek God's wisdom to serve others through our speech. With just a few well chosen words, God can use us to change a life. God has given us the power to have an impact on lives through our words.


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