Words Have Power
The way people talk is the best indication of how they think, and the most powerful instrument for influencing a person’s thought process is the spoken word. This is especially true if the word is delivered with passion and conviction.
When your words are delivered one-on-one, eyeball to eyeball and heart to heart, their impact can literally change or influence a person’s life. C. J. Ducasse put it well: “To speak of mere words is much like speaking of mere dynamite,” and Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, said “The right word, spoken at the right time, is as beautiful as gold apples in a silver bowl.”
When you think of the power of some words, Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death” inspired a nation to win its independence. Churchill’s “There will always be an England” lifted a nation by its bootstraps and they held firm against the Nazi onslaught. John Paul Jones’ “We have just begun to fight” was a rallying cry that helped us win our independence. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” put a million feet to marching and moved people forward in a meaningful way.
Yes, it’s true, words can lift us up or put us down, they can make us laugh or make us cry, they can give us hope and encouragement or fill us with despair; they can inform, inspire, intimidate, degrade – in short, they can change lives by inspiring or do just the opposite. With that in mind, I encourage you to be careful with the words you speak and the words you listen to. Think about it. Use the right words, hear the right words, and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator. He authored 33 books and produced numerous training programs. He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.