Words aptly written…

“Sticks and stones may brake my bones but words will never hurt me.”
Whoever came up with this little childhood gem should be racked. It’s one of the biggest lies that I’ve heard.
Words do hurt. They can do unrepairable damage. Italic
I remember stinging words from every stage in my life. Like whispers in the quiet night, hurtful, pain filled words come back and echo in my ears when I’m doubting myself, or doubting God.
Why do words hurt so much? And why are they so easily recalled? I feel like some of the painful words spoken to me left an indelible print on who I am as a person. Having a kid make fun of my teeth or my ears, left me always self conscious of those traits. Having boys in junior high rate me compared to other girls left scars on my heart that just don’t go away. As an adult, I know they were speaking out of their own insecurities and their own pain and that there was little truth in what they said. But even as adults, we suffer the pain of cutting remarks…words that degrade us or bring into question our worth. The legacy left by those hurtful words is a vast, deep one.
Thankfully, I’ve also been on the receiving end of beautiful, encouraging, Truth filled words. Growing up, my mom rarely spoke harshly, raised her voice or made any negative comments to us. She just didn’t. Both my parents, in general, live Proverbs 25:11 “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” They walk through life handing out golden apples left and right.
So, Jennifer, at GDWJ (http://gettingdownwithjesus.blogspot.com/) recently posted several blogs giving her own reasons for blogging. Of course, that got me thinking about why I blog.
Is it simply exhibitionist tendencies? Is it the desire to be known…really known on a heart level? Is it because I love to write? I didn’t come up with any one answer, but I guess I blog because I know the impact words have had on my own life. I know that words can do more damage than sticks and stones…but words can also bring healing, encouragement, insight, wisdom, peace, grace, joy…words can leave a vast, deep, legacy of love.
That’s partly what I hope my blog does. I know I’m honest to a fault at times and it probably either freaks some people out or gives them the impression that I’m always one step away from some sort of “Peaceful Pines” institution. But, I blog, and try to be honest doing it, because I’m compelled to share (hopefully) life giving words.

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One Reply to “Words aptly written…”

  1. Patty,

    Your posts bless me in ways that I can’t properly describe in this space. Suffice it to say that I read this earlier today, and have been thinking about it a lot since then. A LOT. I came back just now to tell you why.

    We are headed into summer at the Lee house, and school is out. I want to be “handing out golden apples left and right” to my children. What a wonderful legacy to leave a child.

    Words always, always matter. And tonight — in usual Patty Horstman fashion — your words matter to me. They have settled in my heart.

    I’m wanting to hand out some golden apples.

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