When I was a kid, I was taught this little rhyme as a way of dealing with mean people: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
You probably know it, too. And I’m sure you also know it’s a BIG FAT LIE. Words come and go so quickly we assume they bounce right off, leaving little or no effect on the person they were aimed at. But it’s simply not true.
We’ve all had something said to us we’ll never forget. Something that started out more like a prick to the finger, but festered into a whole-body infection.
When someone says something unkind or unloving to us, it’s very difficult to forget. When someone lashes out in anger, we find ourselves flashing back over the scene in our mind even years later. As Christians, we are called to forgive, but that doesn’t always erase the power of the words said to us. Nor does it erase the power of the words we say to others.
That rhyme really should be… “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE POWER to hurt me.”
It’s time to focus on the words of our MOUTH.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
This challenge is all about the things we say. We will learn the power of our tongues, both the good and the bad as we see the FRUIT that God actually intends for us to have, as well as learn to keep quiet when we need to.
In each video, I give your kids a brief teaching (from the Bible), outline a specific area where we might struggle with our mouth, strategies for choosing our words carefully, AND I will give them a challenge “homework” task to implement into their daily conversation.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO GET READY:
- Talk to your kids about what they can expect and get them EXCITED about the challenge. If you have teens, this step is incredibly important.
- Set an alarm on your phone to do the challenge each day. Even with great intentions for my day, often if I don’t set an alarm, I won’t remember to do even the best things. That’s why setting an alarm is super helpful. Even better, have your older kids set an alarm to help them remind you each day to do the challenge together.