What do you tell others about life?
When you are with family or friends,
how would they see you?
What words do people use to describe you to others?
Are you sad and depressed?
Joyful and hopeful?
Are you full of life? Or do you find it a meaningless existence??
Most of what another person will say about us
comes from the words we use when speaking to other people.
A few examples are:
“I hate my ex-husband,”
which translates to others as: “I am hateful.”
“My boss is such a @#&*!,”
which translates into... “I am bitter.”
Or, “this person/group/the government did this to me!”
And this one comes across as, “I am resentful.”
What we say to others about (our) life
becomes how they learn to see and describe us.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,
but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs,
that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29
You may think your friends & family understand you better
when you disclose to them the frustrations in your life
but if you never say another word...
that is how they are left thinking of you.
A simple change of words may not only improve our own outlook
but also the impression others have of our attitude in life.
“Hey, I don’t like when you say/do that, but I love YOU,
can we learn how to say/do things different?”,
is much better than what we normally say.
What story do you tell others?
Do you have hope, in spite of difficulty?
Or do you constantly complain?
If so, you may soon find yourself all alone
as few people want to hear negativity so often,
and may soon tire of being near you.
The words we speak have power to build up,
connect people through common interests,
or tear down and separate us farther from one another.
What do you want to be known for?
Speak the words you want to be known for as if your life depends on it,
because surely your reputation will be made the same way.