Words have such power. Think of the Gettysburg Address or the Declaration of Independence.
There's Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have A Dream Speech" and JFK reminding us "Ask not what your country can do for you."
The power of words in our lives is underestimated at times, but they can bring tears of sorrow or joy; they can break down barriers or build them up. They can even save lives, "Help, I've fallen and I can't get up!"
Or, as was the case today, words can motivate me to change my pants.
Cindy (wife): OK. Go change your pants, and let's head out for our date.
Me: Why do I need to change my pants?
Cindy: Because they're out of style, and you're going to be with me, and I'm looking really good today.
She absolutely had a point, so I quickly changed into the pants that will undoubtedly be out of style tomorrow.
Then after lunch, I dropped her off and picked up a little boy for me to babysit this afternoon. Again, I heard powerful words.
Ben (4 years old): Your car has trash. Our car doesn't have trash.The sad thing is that I think the car was actually pretty clean compared to other times, but his words made me want to clean the car anyway. Not actually CLEAN the car, just WANT to clean it. Clearly, his words weren't nearly as powerful as Cindy's pants-changing power words.
Me: Yes, there sure is a lot of trash back there.
Ben: Why do you throw trash away in your car? Our car doesn't have trash.
Me: Well, our girls are messy and just throw their trash on the floor of the car.
Ben: Our car doesn't have trash.