Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Psalm 119:105

We inherit much of our lives. Our parents and our upbringing, the environment we grow up in, and the people we’re surrounded by all play a part in determining our path. Yet as we grow and mature we’re able to make our own way through our collective decisions and actions. But when it comes to shaping our future, the words we use are just as important. 

Whether it’s a careless slip of the tongue or a moment of weakness when we’re angry, in an instant our words can ruin a relationship, forever damage someone’s fragile self-image, or even shatter a dream.

Likewise, our words can speak love and encouragement. They can bring out the best in people, build hopes and dreams, and even inspire movements.

Our words can destroy or they can build anew; either in someone else’s life or our own. But as powerful as they are, there’s one thing we cannot do with our words: we cannot use them to speak anything into existence. Only God’s Word is that powerful.

If you’re unhappy with any aspect of your life, lean on those around you who will speak to you positively and lift you up. Look in the mirror and tell yourself what you need to hear. But most importantly, look to God’s Word and what it means for your life.

There is no problem or pain that the Bible does not address. His Words are perfect, unchanging, and more powerful than we can comprehend. There’s no greater example of this than Genesis 1:3 where God says, “Let there be light” and then there was light. He literally spoke the universe into existence and with the same power and authority, He speaks directly to us through the Bible.

And these words are not simply a story about God, it is the Word of God. Hebrews 4:12 (ESV) says, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

When we’re searching for the right words to motivate and inspire us down the path of life, the only words we should truly rely upon are those of God. He knows exactly who you are and what you need to hear.

Do you actively read your Bible? Do you know what God is trying to speak into your life today? 


Today’s author: Mark Henderson—Founder of The Inspired Legacy
Mark is a creative professional with more than 20 years of experience in the fields of web design and advertising. He also serves as the chief content officer at The Inspired Legacy, an online ministry dedicated to shining a light on God’s gift of parenthood. The organization aims to inspire and equip fathers to boldly lead their families, love their kids unconditionally, and leave a legacy of grown children that carry on these same traditions. Mark resides in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with his wife, Kimberly. Together, they have three children, two girls, and one boy.