I am trying to write a post once a week. Not because I have exciting, spontaneous or crazy happenings in my every week that I wish to declare to the world, but simply because I want to get better at stringing words into sentences, and sentences into paragraphs. However because my day to day week is not filled with chapters and chapters of ‘word worthy’ stories, it is hard to know what to write about. But then I realised that every single week, for about an hour or so, I am privileged enough to hear the awesome thoughts and findings of one other. So I thought today I would share, for records sake, my reflection on such a Sunday sermon from our new series, Seeds of Change.
A great forest is set on fire by a small spark.
The power of words is a message often spoken yet often gone un-heard. Below are a few notes and my thoughts on the powerful message spoken by an equally powerful voice.
I work at a wonderful little cafe where day to day eves dropping is a daily occurrence, most of it is filtered out and just mixed in with the general clutters of coffee, conversation and laughter. However it is not uncommon to snatch snippets of conversations, and to be completely honest it is incredibly interesting, not simply to hear tales of complete strangers but to hear words of all sorts. Words of happiness, words of concern, words of intensity, bitterness, anger and words of joy. If the ivy covered walls of the cafe could talk, I am certain I would not want to be one of our customers. Hearing these casually thrown about conversations has taught me and reminded me that words have such an incredible power and that they should be gifted with such care and thought, (especially in a cafe or on public transport).
Someone somewhere once said that your words will define where you will be in five years time. Someone else somewhere else also said if you want to change where you are going, change what you are sowing. Flip, how powerful is that!? Sunday’s sermon reminded me of how detrimental OR how empowering words can be and how they have the potential to change the direction of your life and the lives of others around you. The way we speak to others and more importantly the way we speak truth over ourselves has a formidable effect on your perception.
So sow seeds of truth we were told. Sow seeds of encouragement, sow seeds of truth, of life not death, because he who began a good work in you will see it through to completion. So although it will only be a small start, I am going to begin speaking the truth daily over myself, declaring who I am, whose I am and the seeds I wish to sow. It’s a start nonetheless.
Thank you to Neslihan Gunaydin for providing such beautiful images to accompany such simple words