I recently heard about people who tattoo poetry on their bodies in various places. Pretty cool idea. Those words meant SO much to them that they made them a PART of their body and life.
The thing is that when you simply HEAR words, they BECOME a part of you, tattooed in your mind, just because you heard them spoken.
Think about the WORST thing that someone has ever said to you or about you. That became a part of you whether you meant for it to or not. And it probably wasn’t even true. But you heard it and believed it. You took it to “heart” even though it was probably false.
The stuff you listen to matters. The stuff you think about in your own brain matters. Philippians 4:8. The stuff you hear and think about becomes words you speak to yourself and to others. Check out Matthew 15:16-20.
Now think about the BEST thing someone ever said about you… Sometimes it’s harder to pull those memories to the front of your mind.
Words get tattooed in our minds whether or not we intentionally want them there.
The music I listen to “because I like the beat but I don’t listen to the words.” Yes. I do. I do actually hear the words. The stuff you say to and speak about your kids MATTERS. They hear it and they believe it. Those words you speak to yourself about yourself… It matters.
Remember this as you speak TO and ABOUT other people.
Speak words TELLING them that they matter