Sometimes we don’t understand the power of our words. Words have the ability to create inasmuch as they have the ability to destroy. Just like Proverbs 18:21 says, life and death lies in the power of one’s lips and those who love to talk eat their fruit.
Today, I want to consider something that many people do not know destroys their lives. If it doesn’t destroy one’s life at all, at least it doesn’t help me either and I’m sure there are people who can relate.
Have you realized that knowing words/certain things rather depletes your essence of life rather it helps to build it? That is, your life was better when you did not know certain things? Could it be then that these words or the things you knew corrupted you(-r life) instead of being a blessing? Has that happened to you before? It’s like Paul saying in Romans 7:7-11
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.
For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.
For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
Can you relate to Paul’s words, because I do relate. When something that’s supposed to be a blessing to you turns out to be the opposite, you know that this world is cursed indeed. Lemme cite an example. Have you not realized that though there are thousands of messages on relationships and marriages, divorce is still on the rise? I expect that once these messages abound, divorce or marital problems should be on the loose or decline but it is not.
So then, are the messages that people are spreading helping or destroying? This is what I am talking about, the words instead of being a blessing to us rather corrupts us. Like Paul said in Romans 7:7-11, messages that are supposed to enlighten us and make us better turn out to do the worst. Our forefathers did not know half of the things we know today about life or relationships yet they lived happy lives together.
Another aspect I want to consider is the professional world. I mean I use LinkedIn but most of the times, I find it difficult staying relevant. There are thousand and one articles that can make you a better professional but I find Paul’s theory of ‘the law and sin’ to be at work. The more I know about work ethics and practices, the less I get comfortable performing my duty at the workplace. I mean I do not read most of the articles on LinkedIn and elsewhere because I fear when I read them, it will turn out to be my weakness though they are helpful.
The message I’m trying to propagate is, if you relate, instead of relying heavily on people’s opinions through news outlets or magazines, why not rely on your instinct. Listening to your instinct is not as bad as it sounds; it may not get it correct the first time but then you do not lose out. You do not feel left out or unresolved when you followed your instinct.
Words corrupt, I must say, even though their writers mean it for something good. How then do we stay relevant in this world and above wreckage whilst displaying a sense of fulfillment? Very few are making it in this world and few are happy with their lives. When you ask them, they might not even have a secret. Their deployment for success or happy life is that they do not follow the ‘currents’ of this world. We cannot accept the mess people are in as a new normal, ‘what’s trending’ shouldn’t be the norm; we can live above it and return to the old normal. I hope you’ve taken seed from this note, God bless you.