In our message last week at church our Children’s Pastor, Sally Hunt, reminded us “words create worlds”. This was a quote from Abraham Joshua Heschel, Jewish rabbi, theologian and civil rights leader.
His daughter Susannah Heschel spoke of her father. “He used to remind me that the Holocaust did not begin with the building of crematoria, with tanks and guns. It began with uttering evil words, with defamation, with language and propaganda.” (http://fusioncommunitychurch.com/2013/01/04/the-spiritual-audacity-of-abraham-joshua-heschel/)
Our words can create worlds. We all recognise this. That’s why so many of us make New Year’s resolutions, determined that our words will change our behaviour. And often it does.
At Berry Community Church we believe words should be used to bring life. Words can and should be used to pull out the gold in each other’s lives. Words give voice to the potential, the destiny that God intends in each person.
In the case of the Holocaust, evil words were used tragically, denying a person’s humanity and resulting in so much destruction and grief.
But also, the opposite is true; words can create positive, amazing worlds where wonder and integrity live. Proverbs 18:21 (MSG version) state “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose.”
We believe that each and every person is created in God’s image and as such, is an amazing, wonderful creation with infinite potential. Often the reason people don’t reach their potential is because no one is speaking those life-giving words over them.
Whether you are three or eighty-three, we all need to hear words of encouragement and life and have someone in our corner who believes in us.
That’s why following Jesus with a community of believers is so important, not only are you encouraged to spend time hearing Jesus’ words, but also to receive the encouraging words of others. So today, why don't you try noticing and encouraging someone else? It's a culture we all need to learn.