I’ve been thinking about the value of words. And the effect of words.
Words can be empty.
Words can be false.
But, honestly, even empty and false words can be hurtful.
So if words can hurt, can words truly help?
Words have the power to encourage, to share love, to offer hope.
Words (read or heard) can cause a physical reaction – be it fear, anxiety, sorrow, hope, love, joy, blessing.
But words also help because they spur action. (Why else would motivational speakers and inspirational words have jobs?)
Want to learn to work after dreams that make a difference? Read Jon Acuff’s words. And then hustle.
Want to be inspired to explore your art and see the world with a slightly different perspective? Read Emily Freeman’s words. And then dream.
Want to be motivated to change your parenting for the better? Read Rachel Macy Stafford’s words. (And listen to your own children’s words!) And then change.
Want to remember that life is for loving and living? Listen to Switchfoot’s lyrics. And then love.
(Which is one reason I keep writing.)
Last month, the world learned and talked about suicide prevention with World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10th).
To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) is an organization that works to “present hope and find help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.” They share words, amazing words like this. (<– Seriously. Read that.) But they also act in various capacities. (Read more on their vision page.)
TWLOHA amazes me. My husband and I are both regularly in awe of their hearts, their words, and their actions. We shared in our community, families, and work about TWLOHA’s message of “no one else can play your part.” That message is still lingering and working in our lives.
Birthdays always make me feel grateful (because isn’t it a gift to celebrate another year?), and gratitude easily overflows.
One of my favorite ways to celebrate is support a favorite cause. (I have more “stuff” than I need, so why not put the day and the money to better use?) For my birthday this year, I’m raising funds for TWLOHA.
Please consider visiting my campaign page and donating to support TWLOHA and their amazing mission. Any and every bit helps. Thank you. (Read this page to find out how your donation helps.)
And, please, remember. Both your words and your actions matter. No one else can play your part.
“The soothing tongue is a tree of life…” – Proverbs 15:4
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” – Colossians 4:6
“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” – Proverbs 16:24
If you donated, THANK YOU. I know TWLOHA will use that money well and lovingly. How have you seen in your life that words do indeed matter?