Proverbs 18:21 (ESV) Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Dad’ you only have your kids for a short period of time, use it wisely.
You need to be rich, be a super cool dad, or quit your day job in order to make a big impact in the lives of your kids.
One of the most meaningful things you can do for your kids is to speak words of life to them.
That’s right words. They’re free but they can cost you immensely if you don’t manage them well. And even though they are free, you only have a limited amount to use – they’re limited by the amount of time you have with your kids and limited by your lifespan.
So choose your words wisely.
Speak words of life into your kids.
Even when you’re are advising them about something wrong they did, you can do it in a manner that puts wind in their sails.
You don’t have to be harsh to get your point across (a lesson I’m still trying to learn).
Your words say a lot about you
As much as we would like to think that we can hide who we really, we can’t. Our words betray us.
Luke 6:45 (ESV) The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Our words are an overflow of what is in our hearts. There’s an abundance of something in our hearts and our words will quickly reveal what that is.
In the absence of Jesus, our words seem to come from a heart of evil. We speak harsh, hurtful, damaging, wicked, racial, vulgar, dishonest, and demeaning words that are meant to take life not give it.
Without Jesus, there is no life in us to give.
When we allow Jesus to fill our hearts, our words come from a heart that has been made new. We seek to speak words that are encouraging, uplifting, carefully thought, honest, hope-filled, life-giving, and full of love.
Men of few words
Men, you are men of few words. Meaning you only have a limited amount of time on this earth to speak.
Dad’s you only have a short amount of time with your kids, so speak words of life to them. Let them know that even though they must follow your lead and you will have to correct them sometimes, you are for them and you want them to succeed more than anyone.
This way you can instruct them and cheer them on at the same time.
Be their biggest coach and fan.
Dad’s you have the power to speak life or death into your kids. Choose your words wisely.