What kind of words do you use? Do you remember that old song, “Home on the Range?” I love the words:
Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam
Where the deer and the antelope play
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day
I added the emphasis. How much better would the world be if we paid attention to our speech? If we asked ourselves before we said something, “What good will this do?”
The apostle Paul wrote the church at Phillipi in Philippians 4:8 and admonished them to control their thoughts. Here is what he said:
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is [a]lovely, whatever is of good repute,
if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, [b]dwell on these things.
Philippians 4:8 NASB
So make sure to watch what you say. Do not be a discourager; be an encourager. Not a dream killer for others, but a dream builder. Remember what the writer of Proverbs said,
Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise;
When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.
Proverbs 17:28 NASB
Have a blessed Fourth everyone.