We all know that our words have the power to build or break a person's spirit. Unfortunately, most of us take this rather lightly.
I recall when I was about 8 years of age (yes, yes several decades ago:), I had this audition to sing for my school choir. It was a BIG deal. I practiced 'Country Roads' a million times and proudly belted it out in front of my choir teacher. She liked it and I was accepted.
One fine morning while singing away with about 30 other choir girls, my teacher comes up to me and says, "I think you are tone deaf"! Unfortunately, she chose to do it at a point where I had already considered myself a fairly good singer as well as a permanent member of the school's choir team. The public embarrassment took me awhile to get over. Her remark had a lasting impact that even when I sang in church, I was conscious enough to keep my voice level to a minimum.
Recently, I read an e-article relating a similar incident. The author had passionately written poetry and upon showing his teacher some of his work, received the nonchalant comment that it was simply awful. He believed this well into his adult years and only wrote poems for his own reading pleasure. This changed after a friend came by the author's house and read one of his poems. The friend's simple encouragement resulted in the poems being published. More people are able to enjoy the author's gift of poetry writing now and am sure his passion to write has reached new heights.
Although I can still recall the choir incident rather vividly, I sing with much more confidence today. I may not be in a choir but I do know that my voice is a special gift from God. Singing praises to Him daily sweetens my voice:)
Speak words that BUILD and see the awesome effect...LET'S GO BUILD!!
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.~ Nelson Mandela