“The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life”~Proverbs 15:4
Yes, your tongue can heal.
Just like words can cause discouragement, hurt, pain and yes sickness they can also promote healing.
Here are seven ways you can develop a healing tongue.
1. Speak to the Potential – I watched as our churches oldest Sunday School teacher talked to a young boy who came into class to find his mother. She got down to his level on her 80+ year old legs and looked eye to eye with the boy. “What a fine young man you are.” Aren’t you a big strong boy.” “Your parents must be very proud of you.” That child seemed to grow two inches as blessing after blessing poured into his ears.
2. Encourage – I’m not a speedster so stretching my single into a double during my at bat was a pretty chancy proposition. But I did it! The throw came in hard, the second baseman made the tag, but I was safe. “Good hustle, you bum” said the opposing infielder. 30 years later I still smile when I remember this short one line of encouragement spoken by the opposing player.
3. Thankfulness – Yes, we have heard it before but do we practice it? No matter what the drama or the difficulty at my job I have a coworker who always will say – “isn’t it wonderful to have a job?”. It kind of takes the fun out of complaining! Try it!
4. Quick to Greet – Ever notice when you walk into a room and two or more people are having conversation you feel left out? But sometimes there is that special person in the small group who notices you come in, welcomes you and opens the group to you. Strive to be that special person. Be quick to greet those you know and those you don’t know.
5. Always Be Positive- Negative words, thoughts, music or movies can produce tension, anxiety that can negatively affect our health. A positive approach removes this tension and helps prepare the way for positive action. Songwriter Woody Guthrie says:
“I hate a song that makes you think that you are not any good. I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose. Bound to lose. No good to nobody. No good for nothing. Because you are too old or too young or too fat or too slim or too ugly or too this or too that. Songs that run you down or poke fun at you on account of your bad luck or hard travelling. I am out to fight those songs to my very last breath of air and my last drop of blood.”
6. Speak the Blessing – Is the day of speaking a blessing past? Years ago it was common to speak blessings when greeting and departing. The Irish Blessing is an example:
Irish Country Lane
“May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”
Most of us are not poets but surely we can do better than “Have a nice day.”
7. Don’t Be Afraid to Challenge – Jesus ends the parable of the Good Samaritan with a question to the lawyer who had attempted to trap him. “Which of these three do you think was a friend to the man who fell into the hand of the robbers” said Jesus. The expert in the law replies, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him “go and do likewise.” Yes encourage others to take action on their ideas, dreams and plans.
Here are seven ways in which your tongue can heal. Do you have more? If so, please share them. I’d love to hear from you.