When my wife is about to sneeze her nose wrinkles up, she closes her eyes, and lifts her head up slightly. Where ever I am in the house if I can catch the beginning of the sneeze I run to her and shout “BLESS YOU”. Then she gets mad! LOL. Sometimes if I say “bless you” before she has sneezed it causes her sneeze to get “stuck”. And there is nothing more annoying than when a good sneeze gets stuck, you go through all the drama of the pre-sneeze face, contort your face, get the tissue (or elbow/coat sleeve…lol) ready and then nothing.
Three Types of Sneezers
But ladies and gentleman, I know there is point where no matter how loudly someone tries to put you off that sneeze is still going to come charging out. You might be a
1. silent suppressing “I-like-to-see-white-dots-swimming-infront-of-my-eyes” sneezer,
2. a dainty “I-have-a-box-kleenex-always-ready” squeaky sneezer,
3. guts and glory “I-just-infected-this whole-room-gimme-a-high-five” sneezer.
Whichever you are, there is a Point of No Return.
I think that its the same with words that we speak. We can easily become upset with some one (you know the person who has a zipcode ON your last nerve) and before we realise it the words just charge out of our mouths tackle the person to the ground and beat them to a pulp. Lol. Usually feels great for about 10 seconds until you realise the damage the words caused, and worse you can’t take it back. You can’t recall sneezes, or do a second take on a sneeze, and you can’t do that with words either.
We have to be so careful with our words, and practise the biting our tongue! Unless we have something positive to say, maybe we should zip it! Let us bless each other with our words. Lets encourage, inspire, advice, love, cherish, buildup, because when we do that we will have no regrets!
Our words can be used to build up others self-esteem, self-worth, self-confidence, even their immune system. On the flip side our words can crush people’s spirits, dreams, self-worth, and cause untold damage in their future lives. The bible has plenty of advice to give to us concerning the power of words, but here are a couple of my favourites:
18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
20 Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.