Live your words

This past weekend I was reminded how much we have lost the value of our words. We don't need to go back too far to remember a time when our word meant something. It was a seal of trust, a seal of honesty. When you gave someone your word you were entrusted with a responsibility of upholding that word and people took that responsibility very seriously.

In today's world I've been noticing that our word means nothing. If it is not stamped, locked in and signed for every detail then it means nothing and it can be just as easily twisted and turned around.

I remember when I was talking with some of my students at a retreat and we were discussing relationships and friendships, they kept saying how trust is one of the hardest and scariest things to do today because it is so easily broken and taken advantage of. It's no wonder we guard our hearts with multiple walls when all around us we see how quickly people will take advantage of others or turn against them.

As I was thinking about this the Holy Spirit brought this verse into my heart: "But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath, but let your “Yes” mean “Yes” and your “No” mean “No,” that you may not incur condemnation." -James 5:12

What does our "yes" or "no" mean today? What do our words mean today?

Our words should not be empty; they should mean something! When we give our word to someone we take upon our shoulders that responsibility to follow through with it. If for any reason we don't, we need to be true, honest and humble to accept the consequence of what we have broken and then strive to mend it.

This reflection really made me think about the Eucharist. When I think about what the Eucharist truly is, and acknowledging that it is the real and true Jesus Christ fully present, it makes me think twice about where I receive him. He is placed on my tongue. Now the question is...have I made that place worthy of His presence?

Many times that same tongue that received Jesus Christ is the same tongue that has hurt others with words that have been said, or promises that have not been kept. When I think about it from this perspective it really makes me think about what my words mean and am I taking responsibility for them.

As we begin this new week I want to encourage you ladies to bring closer attention to your words. Whether it is an agreement you make at work, a task you have agreed to complete or a prayer request you responded too, may your words mean something. Don't just say empty words, live up to them and follow through.

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