Proverbs 16 vs. 24 (NKJV)
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul, and health to the bones.
When we were children we had a song we would sing, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me,” but we all know that could not be farther from the truth. Words carry power, it can motivate a group of tired soldiers to rise and fight one more battle, and that battle carries results.
Words can inspire a football team who is down by 21 points roar back to a winning finish. Many of us are still riding on words that were spoken to us many years ago, “you can do it” “I am proud of you’’ “I love you”. Words have a way of changing how you look at things.
There is an old story about a woman who was of marrying age. There was nothing about her features that stood out. She had no talent that endeared others to her. Those in her village felt she was not a woman of exception and she would never find a husband.
She knew how everyone felt. She had learned how to become invisible in a crowd, back then, when a man wanted to marry a woman he would offer the family of that woman a certain number of cows, this would define her worth. The women of that village defined their worth by how many cows their family received.
No one including the woman’s family thought that the man who wanted to marry her would offer more than one cow, but to their surprise, the man entered their village with over 100 cows, it was by far the greatest excitement the town had ever experience.
When the Father asked the man why he offered 100 cows, the groom answered, I only wish it could be more. Soon others could not recognize her, for her entire persona had changed. These simple words inspired the woman to speak, engage in others and carry herself like someone of royal blood. She was always a 100 cow woman. She just needed to hear someone say it.