The Power of Our Words

At dinner the other night, my girls were excitedly looking over the list of camp counselors that have been named for this coming summer. There was one super fun picture that stood out to us. When we clicked on the picture, the first thing we noticed in the girl’s bio is that it she will be a first-time counselor at this camp and that she learned about the camp from a blog she loves reading. The owner of the blog, Grace, was my oldest daughter’s junior counselor her very first year. Grace has developed quite a following through her blog, Enough.

It is common for girls to attend this particular camp year after year as they are growing up, and it’s not unusual for some of them continue on as counselors after they graduate high school. However, for someone to apply to work at a camp they have never been to – much less laid eyes on – because of a few blog posts from someone was really incredible to me. Obviously the reader was very moved by Grace’s description of the girls’ camp and how much a part of Grace’s life it was through the years. I’m not sure if she even knows Grace, but she trusts Grace enough to check into something that has been a huge part of her life.

This got me to thinking…this girl in the fun picture is willing to spend a summer working at a camp that could change the course of her life and the lives of the campers that she works with…all because of a blog post written by someone who spent many summers at this camp. Think on that for a minute.

What we say, share, talk about – intentionally and unintentionally – has the potential to change the course of people’s lives.  We may never even know it or the results our words and actions inspire in others. It’s amazing, scary, awesome, humbling (and many more adjectives) to think about the impact we don’t even realize we have!

Are we living in such a manner as to point people to positive things? Do we realize that our words can have profound impact on people’s lives for generations to come? Just today I was reading in Judges 2:10 about the Israelites:

“After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel.”

There are so many lessons you could learn just from this verse. Let’s just focus on these Israelites:

  • who saw God provide for them a way to cross on dry land into the Promised Land.
  • who defeated the powerful city of Jericho without lifting a sword.
  • who received land/provisions better than many generations before them.

Sadly, they did not take the time to share with their families all that the LORD had done for them and all HE promised them if they would just follow Him. Words…they didn’t take advantage of them and share with their loved ones that came after them.

This incoming first-time counselor was so impacted by Grace’s thoughts about camp that she wants to experience it for herself, but just think about the dozens (really hundreds) of girls she will impact this summer as a counselor. All because of a blog post that Grace shared.

 Are you impacting others that you share with (by print, in person, on social media) in a positive or negative way? Our words could literally be a tool used to impact one person’s life for the better, who in turn impacts many others. We really have no idea the impact of our words. I don’t know about you, but I want my words to empower people for positive actions for generations to come and for what the LORD has done for me to inspire lasting change in the lives of others.