You know that saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”?
In my experience, thats a big fat lie! Words can build us up, and words can tear us down. Some words are meant to insult, while others are meant to just be funny and harmless.
There has been several times that people have made remarks, and my internal response was “Did they really just say that?”
Like two simple words, “chatty Cathy.” A distant family member of mine made that comment toward me when I just a small girl. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but that little 5-year-old girl took those words to heart, and I still remember them today.
Even at a young age, I knew this was truth about myself – a truth that I didn’t want to be true. What was likely meant as a funny friendly comment, I took as “you talk too much, and you need to change.”
So often, people’s words and comments hit places deeper in us than they were likely intended to. Did the person making the comment truly mean to offend us or affect us the way they did?
Maybe, but likely not. Regardless, their words should not be what defines us.
Just like we all know the power of words, the devil does too, and he’s constantly twisting people’s comments and replaying them to make us feel unwanted and less than.
Yet, what the enemy sneakily tries to use to ruin us, God intends to use for good and His glory.
Did I really need to change? Only the truth of God’s word could reveal that to me. Only He could expose the lies of the enemy, and help me believe, accept, and begin to love what is true.
The Lord declared over me~
“The enemy only comes to rob, steal, and destroy, but I come that you have life & life abundantly.” John 10:10
“You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way.” Song of Solomon 4:7
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
Did He really just say that? Yes! And His words are truth, designed to fill every crevasse in our being with what it needs. When we choose His words, we choose power to walk in the grace He has called us to, just the way He so beautifully made us.
When I chose to let His words become what affects me most, the words people have said about me no longer affect me the same.
Being a “chatty Cathy,” isn’t all that bad when you’re able to talk to anyone and help people feel more comfortable. Thank you Jesus for that revelation!
What words are affecting you today? I encourage you to let Jesus’ words of truth be what resounds in your mind day and night because yes, He really did just say that.