Our words. They hold the power of life or death. Thoughts drain swiftly from our minds and swirl down the short passage to our mouths. In an instant we have the ability to build up. Or tear down. As with most things in our lives, we are faced with a choice. Restrain or release?

I am convinced that if we truly understood the magnitude of our words, we would use them with more discretion. Sticks and stones and words break our bones, regardless of what your grandmother taught you to chant. They hurt.

But words also heal. They correct and redirect. Spur on hope and good deeds. Words bring life and joy and comfort. They bring encouragement when courage is waning.

Words inspire.

More than breathing out syllables, we breathe out inspiration. Power. Grace.

“So encourage one another and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Someone needs your encouragement today. They need your life-giving words to flow over them like cool water on dry ground. Or perhaps they need a boost of courage that reminds them that they can make it. Or maybe just knowing that someone is thinking of them and cared enough to tell them.

We’ve underestimated the power of simplicity. Our greatest gift is free. It costs us little. Just time. Take the time today to give the gift of encouraging words. Chances are, someone has already come to mind. Grab your phone. Call them. Or text them. Email or send a good old-fashioned letter. Take the time to speak Life.

“The generous prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25

Encourage one another. Feel the power. Spread the Love.