Speak With Integrity - Say Only What You Mean
Avoid Using the Word to Speak Against Yourself or to Gossip About Others
Use the Power of Your Word in the Direction of Truth and Love
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An old High School friend of mine recently posted "The Four Agreements" on her Facebook page and I instantly knew that I wanted to use it for my blog and podcast as soon as I could.
Before I go any further let me go ahead and share with you the rest of the list so that you can know what we will be talking about over the next few days:
2. Don't Take Anything Personally
3. Don't Make Assumptions
4. Always Do Your Best
Would you already agree with me that following these "Four Agreements" can and will make a major impact on you and those around you? Can you see how putting these into practice on a daily basis will improve and heal relationships and that families can be healed and changed and that, yes, even whole communities could be nudged for such change as well?
Yes, our world has had liars in it since the beginning. The old devil himself showed himself to be a liar and is later described as "the father" of all lies (John 8:44).
Even though that is true I would still say that this (lying) is something that has become more prevelant today than in the past and that the idea of taking someone at their word - their TRUE word - is pretty much a thing of the past.
What is your take on that?
Lies HURT people and DESTROY relationships! Yet, it seems that, for many, it is a way of life when, in reality, it is nothing but a way of death (death to any and all relationships sooner or later).
BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD!
Whoever came up with the oft-quoted saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me!" may have had good intentions but, friend, we all know that this is absolutely UNTRUE. I'm not sure that the originator of that phrase meant to lie, but that is exactly what it is.
We must be so careful with how we use our words
Words can heal as well as destroy. They can build up or they can tear down. They can put a smile on another's face or they can cause one to break down in tears. Both for the good and the bad, words can leave an impact that can last years and years.
You can look at the specifics in the graphic and right underneath the graphic in case you can't make out the words and consider each point for yourself.
Bottom line: All of this mentioned simply causes each of us to THINK before - BEFORE - we speak! If your hurtful words were bullets, would you be a little more careful?
I'd hope so. Just remember that hurtful words definitely can leave invisible scars that can last a lifetime.
Thank you for your time and for sharing this article with anyone and everyone that you think would benefit from it's content. I appreciate that, friend.
Until next time, be sure to...
"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"
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