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THINK - Words Impact People

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Over the past two years, God laid the subject of 'words' on my heart and shed a tremendous amount of light in my life about how I was using them. I learned so much through spending time with Him and letting Him till the soil of my heart one row at a time.
He taught me to bring 'salt' and 'light' to those around me - that these are the top priorities of the words I should be speaking.
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.  (Matthew 5:13-16)


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While I have learned so much from Him, I recognize my struggle with words will be a lifelong journey. Habits are formed and I have some pretty deep ruts to avoid - gossiping about others to place blame elsewhere and senseless chatter to fill up silent spaces are two areas in particular I combat every day. A couple of weeks ago, our pastor shared something that is a great reminder to me about words. It's a simple acronym to remember before I open my mouth: THINK. 
T = are my words True?
H = are they Helpful?
I = are they Inspiring?
N = are they Necessary?
K = are they Kind?
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Lord, help me share words that bring warmth, health and vitality to life like the sun does. Be with me to speak tenderly to others, to season their lives and bring a healing touch to wounds as salt. Thank you for being with me throughout the day and for warning me when I'm about to step into one of those age old ruts. Amen!


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