My daughter struggled with math as a junior high student. She would probably say she hated it. As I sat at the kitchen counter watching her labor over each problem, it suddenly dawned on me to say “you will probably teach math some day. You will have empathy towards those students who don’t get it right away. You will understand their frustration and be able to help them.”
You can guess the rest of the story. She now has her bachelors degree in mathematics and is working on her teaching credential. She wants to earn a masters degree before teaching. She loves math! Go figure (no pun intended).
Every weakness is really a strength in disguise. Our words make the difference. We all have a great opportunity to call out destiny in others. We can change negativity into hope and vision with just a few words.
Speaking life into others must come from a place of life within you. Know who God says you are. Marinate in His perspective of who you are. Look up Graham Cooke on the internet for resources about identity. Read the book Daddy You Love Me by Brent Lokker (Amazon). Make time for rest, vacation, worship, family fun, prayer. You are worth it! And from that place of knowing your worth, you can give respect and and a sense of worth to others.
Be made strong even in your weakness by lifting up your tired hands in prayer and worship. And strengthen your weak knees, for as you keep walking forward on Gods’ paths all your stumbling ways will be divinely healed! Hebrews 12:12-13 Passion Translation
One more great story, this one from my friend who is a youth pastor. She works with girls caught in human trafficking and gives presentations in public high schools to educate and bring change. A teen girl (told here with permission) was standing in front of a high school audience telling her story. A story of restoration and hope from despair. One boy in particular thought it would be cool to mock her and call her names.
Instead of asking for a security guard, my friend spoke life into this boy. This boy with attitude began to soften as he heard words declaring how God sees him. She said she believed in him and that he could make something of his life. That he had purpose and destiny, worth and value. His eyes filled with tears hearing words of affirmation!
Don’t reprimand, call out greatness! It is so worth it. Because you are worth it, and those you influence are worth it.
How have words helped or hurt you? How did you respond? Comment below:)