Thursday, March 26, 2009

Saying the Right Thing

By the WORD of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth . . . For he SPOKE, and it came to be; he COMMANDED, and it stood firm (Psalm 33:5-6).

John 1:1 refers to Jesus as The Word of God: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Bible is the written Word of God. Obviously, our Creator values words, and gives them power. Power to create. Power to teach and direct us for life. All Scripture is God-breathed, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).

We humans are God's ultimate creation. He saved us for last, and gave us the care and keeping of the rest of this earth. He even patterned us after himself. So God created man in his own image... (Genesis 1:26). For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago (Ephesians 2:10).

If we are made in the image of God, and God created the world with His words, then it should come as no surprise that we in turn shape the world around us with our own words. Have you ever thought of words that way? Our words can build relationships, or tear them down. They allow us to encourage, or damage those around us. Our words may also help others move toward, or quench their passion for, God.

This is especially true while raising young children. We are the greatest source of the words they hear, and the way we speak and act toward them creates the foundation for their lives. We have the awesome power to build them up or tear them down, and the heavy responsibility of shaping them for life. Humanly, we can never do this successfully. Thankfully, we are given Scripture, the Word of God, with which to fill our minds and hearts.

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart, be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14). Part of the adventure of mothering lies in learning how to choose the right words at the right time with our children. I believe that as we fill our minds with God's Word, He will give us the words to instruct, to convict, to direct, and to draw others, including our children, toward Him. For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him (Matthew 12:34).

God's words, not mine.

Sound familiar? This thought is from a previous post, edited for publication in our MOPS newsletter for today's meeting. MOPS is an organization that supports moms with kids ages birth thru kindergarten. Our theme for this year is Adventures in Mothering. Today's theme? To be honest, it's a God-directed day. I am curious to see what message the Adventure of Trusting God for a Speaker brings us.

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