11Jul

7 ways to breathe life into the words you release


Speak what is good, kind, and true.

By Tami Heim

But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned. ~ Matthew 12:36-27 , NIV

The idea that what you write and say doesn’t matter is simply not true.  Your words carry with them the power to bring life and truth or take them both away.

A day doesn’t pass where your words aren’t influencing the thinking, behavior, or development of another person. You create, lead, and influence with the words you release. Think about the last words you deposited in lives of your spouse, kids, parents, friends, boss, colleagues, staff, or even the last comment you posted in a rambling digital stream of conversation.

Are you ready to be accountable for every one of them? Even the ones you easily dismiss as casual or insignificant?

With your words something begins or continues. A simple or brief post, tweet, text, or status update can have an immediate impact on someone’s day. When you deliberately select life-giving words and multiply them over time, God uses them to ignite life-change. Use discernment, be intentional, and rethink the value of each word you are about to give away.

7  Ways to ensure you breathe life into the words you release…

1.  Acknowledge God. Make mention of Him often and speak of His presence in your life. People are seeking to be connected to something bigger and you’ve access to the biggest and best of all creation. Acknowledging Him often keeps you aware of His presence and your accountability.  It is written: ‘as surely as I live,’ says the Lord, 
‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.  ~ Romans 14:11

2.  Praise God in all things. Be quick to offer praise regardless of your circumstances. The drift of life changes, as He inhabits your praise. This attitude in all things transforms every situation. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father ~ James 3:9

3.  Give thanks. Show gratitude and communicate your appreciation. ‘Thank you” affirms the value of people and the situations you encounter. Gratitude brings a spirit of calm and confidence to you and those around you. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ~ Philippians 4:6

4.  Offer instruction. Share your knowledge and be helpful whenever you discover a need for what you know. Knowledge given is power amplified. If you have the answer or an important insight, contribute. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. ~ Colossians 3:16

5.  Speak encouragement. Look for the good in situations, take the high road, and find ways to lift someone’s spirit.  Practice being a lifter, not a leaner. Pay attention to those around you. Listen and help them see a possibility that might be too hard for them to see on their own. Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion ~ Philippians 2:11

6.  Profess your faith. Don’t hesitate to let others know where you stand and what you believe. The faith many are searching for is living in you. Your passion and belief in what can’t readily be seen, may provide the wings another person needs to soar. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. ~ Romans 10:10

7.  Share hope. Look for opportunities to share the story of your life and how different it is now that Christ consumes it. Be ready at all times to be the voice and hand of hope. You’re a brand new possibility in Christ – a light to be seen with truth to be heard. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. ~ Acts 1:8

What are some of the most life-giving words someone has spoken to you online?

Choose words that release a life-giving fragrance and impress a beautiful image on the souls of others. #LiveSticky

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  • http://fromrooftops.blogspot.com Angie Battle

    Tami, what a fantastic reminder of our daily opportunities to make a difference in people’s lives. 

    It’s interesting to notice how many people express wanting to do something great in this life.  What you’ve shared here is how that happens.  It’s allowing Christ to live through us in these ways that makes His name great and our lives abundantly meaningful.

    Blessings on you, sweet woman! :-)

  • Wendell

    Excellent post. I especially like the sentence, “With your words something begins or continues.” That is so true. I also like point #7 about sharing hope. I try to do that daily.Thanks,Wendellhttp://oldpathsrevisited.com

  • Tami Heim

    Thanks Angie – In the rush of life we forget how much our words matter. That extra prayer and pause are so helpful for me when I put them into practice. I need to building that one-way express road from what I know to be true to my heart. Our days are already hard enough without adding to it words that drain or steal life from others. 
     
    I appreciate your kind comments. Thanks for stoppping by today!

  • Tami Heim

    Good to see you today, Wendell.  Thanks for joining the conversation. You know  – our words can also help put an end to things – things that hurt or only serve to destroy. I pray we also fight hard to end lies and misundertandings with what we say and write.
     
    For some reason your link was cut off – look forward to what you have written. Have a great week.

  • http://www.tonyjalicea.com Tony Alicea

    One of the most life-giving things someone said to me online was on Twitter. They sent me Philemon 1:7 and said, I just read this and it made me think of you. Wow! Talk about edification!

    God must really want me to get this in my spirit. Between this, another great post like this and what I read this morning, He’s definitely speaking this to me. I just read this verse this morning:

    “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” James 1:26

    As I consider the influence He’s given me, I am sobered when I read this verse. I’ve decided to make it the passage I use to meditate on for the next few months.

  • Tami Heim

    I love that someone sent you that verse! Let me echo that “You refresh hearts!”
     
    I usually get hit hard three times in a row when God is making a point with me. Be grateful it is only taking you twice my brother. I would like to get on a faster track of hearing, receiving, and living it out. I am excited that He is speaking and you are hearing. It’s alway humbling to be part of the echo.
     
    Commit your thoughts and heart to His word and then look out. He will bring it to completion in you.  Mine right now is “Count it PURE JOY when you face trials of many kinds.” Digging deep to uncover the pure joy and holding onto it with all I have in me.
     
    Thanks for stopping by Tony – you always add profound wisedom when you do.

  • Richfallis_kayser

    I remember the first time I walked into a church. It was scary. Would people judge me? Would they be all ‘weird’?  Two things that keep people away from worship is fear, and pride. I had both. 

    Then when I ‘got it’, I remember sharing my faith for the first time with a New Age devotee. I could hardly get the words out. Now, it is easy to share. I have seen and experienced neat stuff and have little trouble sharing. That said, I still go with the notion of “Always share the gospel, and use words only when necessary.” 

  • http://ericspeir.com/ Eric

    These were some great points to keep in mind. I recently started blogging and have enjoyed encouraging people and sharing my faith. I’m curious as to how far do I go with sharing my faith online? I write devotionals and issues dealing with leadership, personal development and spiritual formation. I’m definitely a Christian and I want to bring hope to people but I don’t want to be the type of person that pushes people away. Any thoughts on this?

  • Tami Heim

    Eric – I think you just have to trust God to lead you and He will. If you feel a topic burning in your soul – you should honor it and blog about it. We just have to believe He will prompt and then be ready to obey. 
     
    It’s awesome that you are opening your heart to this possibility! Praying you get clarity and courage when the nudge comes. Thanks for sharing with us today!

  • Tami Heim

    Sharing your faith is like so many things – the first time may be a little daunting, but the more you do it the more natural it becomes.  I often think it is easier to do online and the more you do it here – the more naturally it comes face to face. 
     
    I also agree – our greatest witness to the world is what we do. People remember what they see longer than what they hear. Thanks for joining in today.

  • http://vesselproject.com Keiki Hendrix

    Recenrly, I heard a friend say “God is faithful” and it resonated with me. This friend is surviving breast cancer and some difficult struggles in her marriage. Still she says that God is faithful. That inspires me. Joy through sufferring inspires me.

  • Tami Heim

    Three powerful words, indeed. It’s through the painful seasons that God always shows up vividly in the life of a believer. Our faith and the hope He brings demonstrates great contrast to what the world typical experiences through suffering and challenging times.  I too feel most inspired when I see joy and courage being lived out in the hardest moments of life.
     
    Our God is greater – Praise Him for His faithfulness.

  • Celeste

    Toni I love this and passed it on.  I am reminded of the scripture, “from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”.  Your statement, “the words you release” reminds me that what comes out of my mouth is revealing my heart.  May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight my strength and my redeemer.

  • Celeste

    Woops, sorry Tami, I said Toni!  Thanks for the great post Tami

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for this excellent post. It speaks to me right where I am living. I’m in a season of examination and one of the areas that the spotlight is on is “my words.”
    Someone once said that “little is much when God is in it.” I’ve always believed it to be true. Yet in recent days I’ve come to see it differently. Little is much…period.
    It takes so little to make a positive impact. It also takes very little to destroy or teardown.
    I want my words to be life giving, uplifting, and encouraging. It is my prayer that God will continue to place a “watchguard” on my mouth and allow the very meditations of my heart (from which many words spring) to be acceptable in His sight.
    I appreciate all that you ladies do to instruct us in ways to be “sticky.”
    Thanks so much!

  • Tami Heim

    Melinda – you always bring good and wise thoughts to the conversations here. I too marvel at how “a little” can have enormous impact and how one choice determines what the outcome will be. I think of all the time Jesus spent giving us instruction on our heart. Clearly he knew that if things were well there – everything else would follow. 
     
    You may friend are VERY sticky and it’s all for HIM. 

  • Tami Heim

    Trying this again – That kind of confusion is an honor for me. :) Toni is amazing. Thanks.

  • Nancy

    Great words of wisdom. Thanks for blessing my life.

  • Tami Heim

    Thanks for the encouragement – you let the blessing come back to us!

  • Rachel Hauck

    Excellent post. Nothing truer could be said: OUR WORDS COUNT. We can’t take “things” with us into eternity. But we can take what we do with our time, our money, and our WORDS! We will give an account.

    Great reminder, Tami and Toni!

  • Tami Heim

    Thanks Rachel. I appreciate how your words always breathe encouragement and light. 

  • Wayne

    This is so true. There’s one other thing you taught me – have a grateful heart. It didn’t matter what circumstances you were facing, you always showed us a grateful heart and spirit. That made a lasting impression on me. Thanks.

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  • Tami Heim

    Thanks Wayne – blessings flowed in both directions my friend.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ladyriley1 Cindy Riley

    god bless you today as his holy light just gave me the power to stand under spiritual attack and false accuers of religion  he gave you the words to give me and im so  so thankful and grateful to oyu for this. i hope your life and day is wonderful and blessed in jesus holy name have a terrific day

  • Spurs1322

    Hi my name is Miguel . .ever since I found God in my heart I have over came a lot of trails and temptations ..and stuff but I still faceting this world of sin today .i have a lot of faith but some times I get weak know Jesus gave me his strength to face all the things that to hard to face I been change and still working on my weakness parts of my life I am .doing much better .and knowing our god is there with us all and everybody I speak his message bye faith and hope to touch some ones heart I got mostly response from some people calling me names like if I was an pastor are they asked me to be an youth leader tho and godly men and people message in my inbox on Facebook telling me that they like the bible verses I put on my stats its touch my heart knowing I am speaking gods words to the world and feeling bless to be apart of god follewr I am learning my Sep as I teach and speak to you all I am very well bless in my life I know The lord father God been amazing in my life and my Camille and cousin and friends life I am truly can say one thing God is amazing truly blessing great full kindness sweetness God I am sure to have in my hear sand part of my life he the mane reason I am still fighting strong and not giving out on anything in Jesus christ who give me strength in all things I can do and every thing possible well past on the good news of thy lord share with every one the sick and thy poor and olde and to all bastions. Amen godbless to my brothers and sister may peace be with you to ever and when the lord comes :-) amen