So, you might call me dorky after reading this post. Or maybe you’ll call me optimistic. Or maybe something else all together. I’m not sure. I’ve had all kinds of words used to describe me throughout my lifetime. Some encouraging, some not. Some surprising, some not. Some motivating, some not. Some forgettable, some not.
What I’ve noticed, regardless, is that words have power. They have impact.
They affect our being.
So they should be used wisely.
Words move people. Sometimes they challenge a person to think differently or increase an awareness about themselves. Sometimes they inspire people and move them to action. Sometimes they build bridges, heal broken hearts or break down walls. (Sometimes they can do the opposite of all these things too, but let’s focus on using words as a force for good!)
Personally, I have a love affair with words. Anyone who knows me knows this about me. I understand and respect their power. I try to wield it with great responsibility and care (and yet, I still often put my foot in my mouth!)
Because I love words, I unashamedly (and regularly) wear them on t-shirts and hats (I say NO to words printed across my rear end, though!) I am drawn to word art, crafts, and block letters that allow me to create a statement, whether a short sentence or one solitary word. The entryway of my home almost always welcomes visitors with a written message of some kind.
I write words on my bathroom mirror (and on my kids’ mirrors too!) Dry erase markers or Crayola window markers and crayons work well. My refrigerator has a dry-erase board mounted to the front. The message changes often. It’s great fun to surprise my family with what’s next. A short walk through my house will also reveal an array of post-it notes with important word reminders – many of them created in an attempt to re-train my brain into better habits or thought patterns.
So…lots of words in my world. I love them. I respect their power.
Then, of course, there’s The Word. The Bible. And, even Jesus Himself was described in the Gospel of John as The Word. You want to talk about the power of words? Let’s talk about the Living Word!!!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105)
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. (Isaiah 40:8)
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. (Matthew 7:24)
For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. (Psalm 33:4)
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. (Hebrews 1:3)
I get so much from the Word of God — encouragement, hope, strength, power, confidence, reassurance, guidance and love.
I love that word. Love. The Bible tells us love is the greatest and love wins. It NEVER fails. It prevails! It covers a multitude. It creates unity. And, again, we are exposed to its immeasurable power when we read that God IS love. (1 John 4:8)
Couldn’t we all use more love in our lives? Especially, these days…
Wouldn’t it be nice to remind ourselves to love each other well? To encourage love, kindness and good deeds? Wouldn’t it be so beautiful to be prompted regularly? To create habits that promote love? To pour it out on others, perhaps even motivating them to pay it forward?
Wouldn’t it be nice to be spurred on and to spur others on too?
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, (Hebrews 10:24)
Well…this “word girl” thought it would be great. SO FUN. Because I love words. And I love LOVE. And I love the Word of God. So why not combine them into a visual that reminds me daily?
So, I did.
The photo above is my new license plate. It makes my non-differentiated, plain white car a little different.
I’m hoping it’s a conversation starter!!! My husband thinks it will draw the attention of San Antonio Spurs fans. Maybe. I hope they ask me about it, because I’ll tell them how much love the Lord has for us – so much so that it can’t help but overflow.
For others, I just hope it brings a smile…and a sweet reminder to love and do nice things for others.
For me, I pray that it reminds me that God can help keep me motivated to love others well. To do it, even when I don’t feel like doing it. To allow His love to overflow through and all around me. He provides enough. He lavishes. There’s more than enough for everyone. It’s there for everyone!
And, I want to share. I want to extend what’s been given to me. I want to pay it forward.
I think the world could be a better place with more love. Don’t you? What if we all made a commitment? Can you imagine the impact?
It couldn’t fail. Love doesn’t.