Posted by wlebolt
Two kids play in the sandbox until one wants the toy the other has and helps himself. Dispossessed kid shoves the other to reclaim the toy. “Use your words, child!”
Happy family out to dinner and the time is getting late. Junior fidgets, whines then tantrums. “Use your words, child!”
Children changing classes through crowded halls. One shoves the other launching his books across the floor. His reward is snickers and laughter. “Use your words, child…”
Boys tease. Girls taunt. Don’t.
Friend shuns. Date advances. Hush.
Boss berates. Spouse lambastes. Quiet.
Neighbor is passive aggressive. Mute.
Gossip in lots of words. Nope.
What to do with our
Impatience, frustration, boredom, anger.
Words unused leave us with
Distrust, bias, hatred, vengeance.
“Use your words,” we tell them.
Learn to speak your feelings,
express your anger,
portray your emotions.
Because what’s inside is designed to come out.
Our human nature reacts.
Our instincts respond.
And our real-time world doesn’t wait for
us to craft the perfect expression.
It spits, fights and lashes out.
As it did in the sandbox,
at the dinner table and
in the school hallway.
If we don’t learn to use our words and
we don’t practice using our words,
we forget how to use our words.
Use your words to speak up.
…All voices matter.
Use your words to speak out.
…Justice demands to be heard.
Use your words to speak to me.
…I am listening.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely. ~ Psalm 139:4
Child, use the word I have spoken to you, spoken in you, and am yet speaking. Speak peaceably. Speak honestly. Speak respectfully. You know these words. They are mine as you are mine.