by Dan Hill

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Your Destiny: A Matter Of Lip And Life (1 of 3)
Series: James - Ancient Wisdom for a Modern World
Dan Hill
James 3:1-12

Do you remember that little rhyme we said as kids that says, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me?" I remember using that little rhyme in a fight with one of the boys down the street. Unfortunately that little rhyme is not even close to being true is it? The truth is that what we say and how we say it makes a difference. Science has even discovered that just hearing sentences about elderly people caused the research subjects to walk more slowly. In another phase of the research, test subject reading words indicating kindness, compassion, and mercy showed increases in self-compassion, improved mood, and reduced anxiety.

Some of you will remember the singing duo of "The Carpenters." It was a brother and sister duet that had a long string of hit records that are still played on some of the "oldies" radio stations. Karen, the sister died unexpectedly from heart failure at age 32. The heart failure had been brought on by years of self-abuse from the eating disorder,r Anorexia. Do you know what brought on Karen's Carpenters' anorexia? Her brother Richard Carpenter said it started with one reporter who asked Richard during an interview, "How's your chubby sister?"

Think about your own life. Think about how words have affected you.

• The person who said you were ugly or stupid.
• What about that person who told you that you couldn't do anything right?
• And what about that person who told you that you had some real talent?
• Do you remember when you heard your mother or dad say, "I'm proud of you?"

I was thinking this week about words that have changed my life. And I thought about:

• My Primary Sunday School teacher who said to me, "God has blessed you with a great voice."
• That coach who said, "You've got one of the softest touches in your shooting I've ever seen."
• And most of us know how our ...

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