"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it (for death or life)...." Proverbs 18:21 (Amplified)
It's easy to say I totally believe that verse, but I've a feeling that if I majorly believed it, my life would look differently than it does now.
I'm just saying...
I've mentioned before how I believe shyness to be a curse. Having lived with extreme shyness for three whole decades, I know something about it and what I regret most from all my ShynessIsACurse Years is--mostly--the words I did not speak. You know, the words I felt too shy to say. All those opportunities missed! All those people who missed the Life I could have given with my words, some of those people with whom I've lost contact and others who now live in a whole other world.
It's a terrible thing to misuse the power of the tongue.
Now, lest you think that regret plagues my mind, well, thank God it doesn't. Fortunately He forgives me. But alas, He also expects me to learn from my mistakes and that's why I believe mistakes contain enormous power, too. Oh, the lessons they painfully imprint upon our hearts!
Anyway, I shared all that to say that by doing something so simple like mailing Christmas cards, I can use the power of the tongue by the words I share inside those cards. I can choose words which will raise peoples' spirits, make them feel special and I can let them know how much they mean to me.
Christmas cards are wonderful for sharing the power of written words, which are basically spoken words set down on paper to be read again and again.
And may I remember that... May I stop looking upon Christmas cards as just another December task to cross off my list. Instead, let me recall (I pray) that the power of Life and Death can be scribbled quite powerfully across something as simple as a 25 cent piece of paper.
"When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her." ... Adrienne Rich