What do your words convey?

For just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth,…so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it. Isaiah 55

Words are important. And the right word for what I want to say sometimes sends me on a quest to the dictionary for help in understanding. But words have no meaning in and of themselves except as symbols – symbols for a thought. And the reason we use particular words when we think specific thoughts is because we have, in one or another culture, agreed on the meaning of those words.

The same is true if you think about the context of rain and snow coming down until “they have watered the earth.” Has a benign sound all in all, doesn’t it? Sort of like “April showers bring May flowers.” And yet, tomorrow’s forecast here in Kansas City calls for a high of 70 degrees and cold rain, possibly snow, at night. Doesn’t sound very benign, and in fact it may be dangerous for Cliff coming home from class tomorrow night.

The words that goes forth from my mouth to do my will may be just as dangerous. They may not cause a car crash, but they may deeply injure another.

To what “end” do you send your words? Is your intent to create a protective wall around yourself? Push another away? Punish someone because you are unhappy? Is your intent to heal? To offer understanding? Love?

Today, observe how you send out words. What do you want to create with them? Words are not just words, but rather they are tools of our mind, and like all tools they will do the work for which they are designed.

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