Have you watched a person come alive with words of encouragement or praise? Have you felt yourself become energized with a single word?

While our actions and tone of voice have a greater percentage of impact, words matter. What is spoken can create life or can create death.

Life – birthing a dream, realizing potential, energy to finish a project, desire to move forward. Life giving words are positive.

Death – dreams squashed, belief diminished, energy depleted, willing to give up. Words of death are negative.

Through the years of my behavioral studies, I’ve seen many with a deflated spirit, lack of belief about their potential and doubting their purpose. Finding the uniqueness of each person and speaking a few simple words of hope and encouragement, “I believe in you” or “I’m proud of you” or “You can do it”, people came alive, found hope and fulfilled their dreams.

Are you leading from a place of life-giving words, of encouragement, affirmation, invitation and possibility? Creating an environment of hope for others to move forward, be creative, change and grow.

You have the power to create life or death with your words. What are you creating today?

Your brilliance matters!

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14