Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. Proverbs 18:22
I was listening to a sermon recently and the Pastor asked about the big world things that move us to tears. What is it that breaks our hearts so much that we have a physical response? Something we can’t just nod and move along? I thought about it for a few minutes. There are a LOT of really bad things going on in the world, many of them worry me or make me sad, but there are only a few that bring me to tears.
One of them? Young women who are told they can’t, they won’t, they aren’t, they shouldn’t, they’ll never. Not good enough, smart enough, capable enough, worth enough, loved enough, needed enough, wanted enough. That friends, that is what breaks my heart. We throw labels on people so carelessly anymore – addict, junkie, whore, liar, thief, fraud – but then we expect them to somehow rise above that? Seriously?
Words are important. The Bible tells us we have the power of life and death in our tongues. My husband recently heard someone say that instead of passing judgement, maybe realize that as little girls, they never wanted to live this way. But this is where they are now and possibly, if no one helps them, this is where they’ll stay. Sometimes there is truly no knowledge of any other way.
Maybe instead of handing out condemnation, we hand out some crowns and superhero capes then watch people rise to the occasion. Friends, thanks for loving these young ladies we work with. Thanks for coming alongside us to tell them life doesn’t have to stay the same and there is a whole network of people waiting to help them succeed and cheer them on. You mean more to me than you could possibly know!