Words Matter

By Kristen Johnson

Sticks and stone may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!

These words represent what is likely the biggest lie we teach children. Words do hurt, because words matter.

Today is International Day of the Girl Child. In the spirit of uplifting females, I am completely saddened to see that in the past two days I have had not one, but three, Christian Conservatives (all female, incredibly) post the following statement on Facebook:

I remain much more bothered by what Hillary has done than by what Trump has said.

It’s beyond disturbing to think that anyone could possibly think it’s “okay” to say vile, sexist, misogynistic, racist comments…..not just on one “locker room” occasion, but repeatedly over a lifetime. And, what’s even more disturbing about it is that people continue to support Donald Trump.

Is this really the message that we want to sent to girls on International Day of the Girl Child? Is this really the message we want to send to any sane person?

Ridicule, distain, humiliation, taunting, all cause injury, and when it is delivered in childhood from a child’s peers, verbal abuse causes more than emotional trauma. It inflicts lasting physical effects on brain structure. (Psychology Today).

Proverbs 16:24 (NRSV) Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

We can do better than this.

Serve all with love.

Photo courtesy of: stocksnap.io

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