Two songs, “Say the Name” by Martha Munizzi and “Say the Word” by Christy Carlson Romano, underscore the fact that words matter. You probably already knew that. Words encourage, words hurt, and as we’re seeing in the news, they can get you in a whole lot of trouble. Everyone’s talking, but rarely face-to-face. Instead we use Facebook, Twitter, and hordes of other social media sites. Some chatter is downright horrendous while other parts, like crowdfunding, is constructive. When little people start wielding words—watch out! Listen to this:
Well, he has personality! That young man is going places and sharing his message with the world. Given the technology at our disposal, it’s never been easier to send a message to the pope, the president, or Pink. Just be careful what you choose to say. Remember the children’s rhyme about how sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me? Not true. Let’s be encouraging face-to-face and on the Internet. Perhaps there will be a pleasant message for you the next time you log on to your favorite social media site. What good news are you waiting to hear?