“Words are the most overlooked form of magic. They have the power to inflict injury or to relieve it.”
This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to teach Relief Society in the Singles Ward I’m attending. My friend, Liliana, called me at about 7:30 in the morning asking if I could teach for her because she had something come up and wouldn’t be able to. She told me I could choose my topic. I decided to talk about Individual Worth, and more specifically how we view ourselves and being more loving to our own selves. I found out a couple days after I taught that she was going to talk on the same exact thing!
Heavenly Father knew it was what we all needed to talk about.
It’s so easy to point out all the great qualities and physical attributes other people have, but, it’s not as easy to do so for our selves.
For this post, I want to focus on how the words that are said and used can impact us.
How they can bruise and scar us.
I came across this article not too long ago. Richard Johnson, created a photo project called “Weapon of Choice.” He created images that depict the physical damage that verbal abuse could have on our bodies, if it took the same physical toll on the body as physical abuse does. He had makeup artists airbrush injuries onto the models with the hurtful word embedded in the injury it caused.
Below are a few of the results:
The photos are powerful.
Scars that will always remain.
He kept me going when I no longer could.
That leave scars.
You are enough.
God created you. He makes no mistakes. Every feature on your body was planned. It makes you who you are. And you are His.
Isn’t it beautiful to know that Someone who is so perfect and pure and good, loves everything about you?
And He showed just how much we are worth it, by dying for us.
Your words have the power to inflict injury or to relieve it.
I had the wonderful opportunity to have lunch and visit with my Mission President and his wife (The Miller’s) this past week. I shared with Sister Miller that something she shared a few years ago at one of the Zone Conferences I attended when I was a missionary have helped me tremendously to heal to the abuse I endured.
Of course, we all raised our hands.
And we all raised our hands.
It is still worth the full $20 dollars.
Those words that she said a few years ago, have helped to heal my soul and have stayed with me.
Your words have the power to inflict injury or to relieve it; Choose them wisely.