What you Say?
May 28th, 2009
Lately, I have been challenged with the words I speak. Not only in private settings, but in the public arena too. Sometimes we forget the power of our words. That slimy instrument within our mouths contains life and death (Proverbs 18.21), not just to our own life but to others as well. As a leader, there are two types of messages that go forward: public and private. The public word is usually produced in a family time, staff meeting, or church service. The private word is produced in a one-on-one setting like a phone call, mentorship moment, or church altar. The public word broadcasts over an entire group of people. Some receive it and others ignore it. The private word is direct with details and must be dealt with.
Over the last week. I have received a few reports from students concerning the private word they received from me. Wow—those things spoken came to pass. Immediately, I respond with humility in giving God praise. He is the Voice & the Reward. Reaction then funnels into two categories: Influence & Accountability. The influence in our words as leaders literally chart the course for a student’s life. Our voice can build a future or completely destroy it. The accountability factor keeps our mouths in check. Those words must be from God! This requiring a life of prayer and intimacy with God. Then and only then will we be able to know with confidence the Voice of our Sheppard. Let the Word go forth from your lips to change this generation student by student.