Life is more than words, but words do make up our lives.
Have you ever considered how the simplest of words can change a person’s attitude either for the good or bad? Even the words spoken without verbalization have such great power.
Consider a person who feels utterly alone, ignored and unseen. Let a stranger smile at them, genuinely smile at them, and that non-verbal interaction, those ‘words’ spelled out without sound, can push away the dark clouds in the recipient’s day.
“Life is more than words, but words do make up our lives.”
Being a person of faith I am compelled not to take language and words lightly even though I often stumble, firing verbal bullets into the dark, careless of the casualties. I have to be reminded that life and death are in the power of my words (Proverbs 18:21).
“We have such great power to say things with our mouths, but our eyes and body language scream words much louder, which ultimately leave the greatest impression.”
How do you use your words; verbal and non-verbal? What message are you sending to others? How are you shaping your world and the world of others with what you say or with what you fail to say?
Sure, this is definitely a soul-thing that I am talking about, but it also has to do with our Creative Expressions. What message are you intending to get across to your readers, your watchers, and your listeners?
Within every story, there is an undertone, a hidden message that stays with the audience even though it may never have been outwardly mentioned. The message of courage is a regular theme found in many novels.
No one actually says, “this story is about courage” while the story is being read, but the message is clear, the mental expression is read loud in clear if the author has done their job with the other words they have used.
I raise these questions not just as an artist, an author, a reader, a listener, and a watcher, but I raise them because of some of the mountains that I am facing as a human being just trying to relate to those around me.
We have such great power to say things with our mouths, but our eyes and body language scream words much louder, which ultimately leave the greatest impression. It’s like telling someone you love them while rolling your eyes and sneering at them. I guarantee you the sneer had more of an impression than the verbal exchange.
Consider your words. Consider what you are saying in your music, your visual art, your writing, your walk with Christ. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Consider the power that you hold as the creator of something wonderful and use your power wisely.
*Revised from December 9, 2014
~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!