Updated: Feb 19, 2020
Words are powerful. One word is worth a thousand words if it inspires, influences, illuminates, and invigorates the receiver; such as brilliant, fantastic, marvelous, superb, sensational, extraordinary, astounding, historic, remarkable, etc. Ultimately, a word can change a life and eventually change the world. Our leaders and heroes always seem to have a story of that one person who inspired them with the perfect word/words inspiring them to not give up on their dreams. The Bible is my favorite book filled with incredible words to teach, train, and touch lives. It's really a manual of words with specific details of how to live. Using words of love, grace, mercy, discipline, and ultimately justification and redemption are the root of the message of the Bible, giving meaning to life. Fundamentally, words are the core of life, interconnecting us with the people, and enlightening our journey.
As much as the power of words can be influential, they can be just as deflating and crushing. “The soothing tongue is the tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit,” Proverbs 15:4. James explains in chapter 3:1-12 that the tongue is a restless evil, full of deadly poison and difficult to tame. “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing,“ James 9-10. What you say and don’t say are both important. Proper speech is not only saying the right words at the right time, but controlling the desire to say what you shouldn’t.
Just as much as the words we use are potent, the tool of the tongue that God gave us to say them with is comparable to a very small rudder steering an extremely large ship through the winds of the sea. It is incredibly small compared to the body, just like the rudder, but forcefully steers our life. The tongue is eight tiny muscles combined, and only four inches in length, yet without it we cannot talk or eat, which are fundamental in life. Funny how God created the tongue to be so dominant! Words, with the strength of the tongue, have more influence in life than anything else.
Everyone hears and processes words differently because of many factors. The complexity of our God given temperament, with the mixing of personality, environmental, social, and the economical influences, create extremely complex math formulas for relating to one another. The brain is an incredible machine of information, and just like the complexity of programing a computer, it has numerous factors when it comes to programming or teaching the brain words. Yet learning words, especially in a neurologically wired dyslexic brain can be quite challenging because the brain has difficulty processing words. Words are beautiful, inspiring, and powerful, and the learning process for a dyslexic must be in a sequential, systematic way.