Week 45: Thursday – Food that Nourishes the Body and the Soul

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Nourish your Soul with Words of Inspiration

 “Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.” –Blaise Pascal

“…devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.” – 1Timothy 4:13

One of the greatest gifts humankind has ever received from God are Words. No one can ever imagine the world without it. It has become part of our daily lives and have been so used to it, we seldom realize its enormous power to influence.

Genesis 1 tells us how God created everything through His words. Out of nothing He created wonderful and perfect things. God’s words gave life.

On the other hand, the bible also tells us its capacity to destroy. In Genesis 3, it was used by Satan, through a serpent, to deceive Eve and made both her and Adam sin, which brought death to humankind.

Words are so powerful; it can either give life or death.

Here’s a story:

A group of frogs were trav­el­ing through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead.

The two frogs ignored the com­ments at first and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to give up, that they were as good as dead.

Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were say­ing and gave up.

He fell down and died.

The other frog con­tin­ued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out.

When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?”

The frog explained to them that he had mud in his ears and couldn’t hear them. He thought they were encour­ag­ing him the entire time.”

Who among the frogs you can relate to in the story? Are you one of the two frogs who fell and yet survived because what you heard from the frogs up the pit was the opposite of what they were really saying? Or the one who died because he listened to them? Or the frogs who kept on yelling, ‘Stop! You can never do it!’?

The point is that, if you’re the frog who survived, good job! You chose to listen correctly.

If you’re the other frog who died, choose to listen wisely. No matter how difficult and painful you may be going through right now, don’t stop striving. Your labors will never be in vain in the eyes of God. Don’t stop hoping and hold on to your faith in God. He will never fail you. (Hebrews 11)

Surround yourself with people that can edify you. People who will not only encourage you in the moment of despair but who can also push and stretch you up to your great potential. Choose a community that can help you grow in your journey with Christ. For ‘The godly give good advice to their friends, the wicked lead them astray.’ Psalm 12:26.

Now, if you are the frogs up the pit that did nothing but discourage someone. Do not continue. Let the words that come out of you express the words of God. You don’t have to preach or teach every single verse in the bible. Sometimes to preach Jesus is simply by saying ‘Don’t give up!’, ‘You can do it!’, ‘Thank you.’, ‘I love you.’, and so on. Let your words be a source of hope and inspiration.

Feed your soul with kind words. Do not allow yourself to be deprived of it. We need it, the world needs it.

The Power of Words

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