Sticks and Stones…

Do you know the power of your words? There is an old rhyme that says, “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” The truth is words are powerful and have the capacity to build up or tear down. The words you say have the power to make you an effective Campus Missionary, or they can make you a person people don’t want to be around. This truth is not limited to those whom you want to reach as a Campus Missionary, either. If you speak negatively to teachers, parents, or others around you, it can also affect your success as a Campus Missionary.

James, the brother of Jesus wrote, “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless” (James 1:26 ESV). As a Campus Missionary you have made a commitment to live for Christ (you’ve also made a commitment to pray, tell, serve, and give). How you choose to control your tongue directly affects the effectiveness of your commitment. James says if you don’t control your tongue, you aren’t living for Christ very well. To put it another way, if you are living for Christ but refuse to control your tongue, you have fooled yourself into believing you are more committed than you actually are.

Make a commitment to honor God with your mouth. You will be a very effective Campus Missionary if you honor God with your words by building up the people around you. As David wrote, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalms 19:14 NIV).