|Speak Life Shirt – $25|
Naptime Diaries just came out with this “Speak Life” shirt and just in time. i ordered it right away because i knew the Lord was confirming so many little things in me that morning. i have been thinking about and mulling over words a lot over the last month (ask my husband). i see comments that people post anonymously (or not) under news articles and my heart cringes. i see pet peeve, confessions, and “things i hate” sessions on blogs and i wonder how the reader is responding – if they feel attacked because they do things on that list (i have even been one of those people who felt attacked). i see how whinny my twitter feed can sound when i am scrolling through my feed. and i even see how my comments on other blogs and posts can reflect the ugly in my heart “so jealous,” “ugh, i want that so badly,” “yeah, i cannot stand when people do that either” …. and it is not all the time but it is there.
but it is bigger than social media. i hear it in the grocery store when a wife is nagging her husband for grabbing the wrong can of green beans. or when i overhear a mom on the phone talking about how her kids are driving her nuts and she can’t stand them when they are in the stroller she is pushing. i see it when a stranger thinks the best way to connect with me is to complain about something – the line at the starbucks, the weather, the slow waiter, the bad service, the weird smell… and i catch myself doing it too.
YOU SEE, gossip is not just something that valley girls, blondes, or middle schoolers do. it is our language. the language of the human race (men and women, rich and poor, black and white) it is the way of life and our heart unless we make a conscious effort to speak life.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. – Ephesians 4:29
the truth is our words can do one of two things – build someone up or tear someone down (proverbs 8:21). there is no middle ground. and you may be thinking “but words are so small, i can think of many phrases that are neutral” and i my response is that it takes many words to tear down and many words to build up but each conversation is laying bricks on one side of the scale. i am either justifying the discontentment in the heart of the person mad at the long line in Starbucks by agreeing with them OR i am add hope by saying “it will be so worth it to get a refreshing cup of coffee” or “i love it because it builds anticipation!” i am not saying you have to be fake happy all the time – i am just saying our words have an impact and we need to be aware.
(side note: being hurt and being offended are different . there are words full of hope and life that will be rejected because the darkness hates light (John 3:20). the guy in Starbucks may get offended at your content attitude in line, a reader might wright a vengeful comment because they are offended you are sharing the gospel, and people may call you naive because you choose to forgive. people who live in the light and speak life, will be attacked because it is not the way of the world and Satan does not like it.)
remember sweet sisters & brothers. i say this to remind myself! i bought this shirt from Naptime Diaries to remind myself. i still speak before i think sometimes and say things i regret! but God’s grace is new every morning. none of us are perfect! let’s together push deeper into the Lord so that we shine light in a dark world and speak life when the world speaks death.