“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.”
Seriously, I would love to meet the fool that coined this phrase! I would tell them directly to their face that there were never more untrue words spoken!
WORDS HAVE SUCH POWER OVER US!
They can be the primary weapon satan uses to “steel, kill and destroy us!” He seems to prowl around and discover the very words that will do the most damage to our souls.
The words spoken to me in elementary school in the 5th grade when I transferred from one school to another near our new home, still haunt me to today. Actually, I’m afraid they do more than just haunt me. I fear that I believed them then, and I believe them still. They are the words that are fresh in my mind each and every time I try on a new bathing suit! They are the words that I hear in my head as I pull on my jeans! They are the words that make me feel inadequate as I search for the “perfect” dress for the family wedding or graduation. They are the words that surface as I look in the mirror each morning and make the dreaded decision on what to wear.
“You are a PIG!”There cruel words still ring in my ears! They would even hold up their noses and snort!
I was only in the fifth grade and I was actually thin. I looked back at pictures of myself to prove to myself that I was thin! My legs were straight up and down, even as I wore knee socks, which was the fashion. I wore the same dresses as my younger sisters and they looked exactly the same on me as they did on them! I was taller, and it just so happened that my sister who was only 11 months younger than me was tiny and petite and looked like she could be 3 years younger. Apparently, this gave some of my schoolmates the ammo to take aim and fir those devastating words at me; “You are a PIG!”
I had a family that loved me and told me I was beautiful, and a loving grandmother who told me they were just jealous. However, deep down in my heart I felt FAT! After all, I was the biggest one in my family.
The reality of this age-old adage of sticks and stones; translates more accurately in Craig Groeschel’s book as:
“Sticks and stones can bruise your body for a few days, but words can scar your soul for life!“
So true Friends. My mind knows that children can be thoughtless, jealous, rude and yes, sometimes just mean! But, my soul and my heart, believed the lie!
In order to know that we are indeed, fearfully and wonderfully made, we must detox the lie with the TRUTH of God’s Word!
Lie # 3– I am unattractive, and my body is lacking!
Truth #3– I am attractive and beautiful from the inside out!
“You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God!”
I Peter 3:4
“People judge by outward appearance, but The Lord looks at the heart.“
I Samuel 16:7
Words truly can scar our souls. However, if we allow The Truth of God’s Word to penetrate our spirit, it heals our wound.
YOU ARE ATTRACTIVE AND BEAUTIFUL FROM THE INSIDE OUT!
Believe the Truth my friend! Speak it over yourself and allow God to heal the scars and detox the lies.
You are beautiful and truly perfect the way you are!
Speak Truth Love