Discover the Power of your Thoughts and Words – Part 6: A Legacy of Blessing
Our words affect our children’s future, for either good or evil.
As parents, we can profoundly influence the direction of our children’s lives by the words we say to them. I believe as husbands and wives, we can set the direction for our entire family. As a business owner, you can help set the direction for your employees. With our words, we have the ability to help mold and shape the future of anyone over whom we have influence.
And each of us has influence over somebody. You may not consider yourself a leader, but you have a sphere of influence nonetheless; somebody or some group that looks up to you. Even if you’re a teenager, you have somebody who values your opinion. It is vital that we speak “good things” into our children’s lives. That doesn’t mean we will never disagree with them, or that we will not have to confront and correct them. But the general tenor of our conversations with our children, our words to them and our words about them, should be positive blessings.
A well-meaning mother was constantly nagging her teenage son. “You’re so lazy; you’re never going to amount to anything! If you don’t shape up, you’re never going to get into college. You’ll probably wind up getting in trouble.”
Those kinds of negative words will destroy a person quicker than you can imagine. You cannot speak negatively about someone on one hand, then turn around and expect that person to be blessed. If you want your son or daughter to be productive and successful, then you need to begin declaring words of life over your children, rather than predictions of doom and despair. The Scripture reminds us that with our words we can bless people or we can curse them. Today, make a choice to bless those around you with your words.
What are you passing down to the next generation? It’s not enough to think it; you must vocalize it. A blessing is not a blessing until it is spoken. Your children (and all the children in your life) need to hear you say words such as, “I love you. I believe in you. I think you’re great. There’s nobody else like you. You are one of a kind.” They need to hear your approval. They need to feel your love. They need your blessing. And even if your children are grown, it’s never too late to begin.
“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind”. Rudyard Kipling
A Prayer for Today: Heavenly Father, help me to use the powerful tool of speech to offer words of kindness and blessing to my spouse, to my children, to my parents, to my friends, to coworkers, and even to strangers I meet throughout the day. There are so many hurting, broken people in the world who have never so much as heard a word of blessing spoken in their lives. I ask that You let me the one to speak that word, to declare Your blessing and goodness and favor.
Takeaway Truth: I will leave a legacy of blessing. I will begin today.
Continue part 7: Dare to Declare (final)