Soul Sunday: Sticks and stones …

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One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:28-31 (NIV)

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There is a saying: “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me.”  Error. Not true. Ever. Words can hurt you much more than a physical slap in the face or punch to the stomach … and sometimes the pain lasts way longer. 

I’ve been told: “I hate you!” and “You’re sooooo stupid!”. Then there was: “Why can’t you be like your sister?” or “You mean nothing to me; I couldn’t care less if I ever saw you again.” Worst of all involved “It’s your fault dad left us …” and “There’s nothing more we can do for your mother; it’s just a matter of time.”

Not pretty. I am sure you can probably relate a similar experience and guess what? Words can be a like sharp knife digging deep into your inner soul, where they twist and turn, going deeper into your numbed mind and paralysed body. I know. I’ve been there.

So that being said, I’m sharing a slice of wisdom today. This video encourages us to change our world by changing our words because it’s not what you say but HOW you say it. Something to think about.

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Barbadian mother and lover of laughter; story teller and best-selling author; happy to follow God's lead and to live my mantra: "you've gotta be a rainbow in the lives of others when it rains."

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