Be A Light: Through Word and Conversation
What is the best way for us to be an example in our word and conversation? President Monson states “ The words we use can lift and inspire, or they can harm and demean.”
How can we lift and inspire those around us? We can watch for the opportunity to build confidence in others, to help them to see their potential. We need this from others, and we need to do this for others also.
We especially need to do this for our children and family members. When we lift our children and inspire them to improve themselves, they are better adjusted and have more confidence in themselves and their abilities. Our children are our responsibility and we will have to answer for how we treated them and what we taught them.
“Let us speak to others with love and respect, ever keeping our language clean and avoiding words or comments that would wound or offend.” Pres. Monson
As we show love and respect for others, they are more able to let their light shine also. Let us speak kindly of others. There is a quote in the movie Bambi said by his father. “If you can’t say something nice don’t day anything at all.” When we are careful of our language and strive not to offend and to lift and build those whom we are speaking to, then we are following Christ’s example and are letting our light shine that others may see our good works and glorify our father Which is in heaven. See Mathew 5:16
Our words are one of the most powerful things we have. It is our job to keep them positive and reliable. So, if we have something to say we should first ask if it will hurt someone. Second we should ask if it will benefit someone.
No one is perfect, and sometimes, you need to just rant and complain. But, once you are done, revisit your thought process. We must learn that negative words lead to a negative life. We should remove words like“awful” and “hate” from our vocabulary.
Think of everything you say as a mirror. Yes, you may be insulting someone else, but it will come back to you. When you speak negatively about someone, it doesn’t reflect the person; it reflects you and your own insecurity.
The best types of people in the world do not have time to badmouth others; they know the value of their words.
We should also be careful of our self talk. If we say to ourselves ” no one likes me. I am fat. I am ugly.” Then we demean ourselves. We should never put ourselves or others down. Do we say or think negative things about ourselves? Do we believe the negative things that are said about us? We know who we are and we choose who we follow. We can choose to be whatever we want to be and not let negative words tear us down and bring us into despair. Strive instead to always speak kind words to ourselves and others. Have positive conversations. Lift up the hand that hangs down. Encourage those who are looking down and unsure of themselves. If we don’t like who we are then we have to power to change.
We can make a difference. The Savior, who spoke with tolerance and kindness throughout His ministry is our ultimate example. We can follow him. We can choose to always follow him. We Can Be a Light unto the world as we follow Christ.