Earlier this week, I was tucking Big Brother into bed and we were having our nightly recap where he tells me all of his “favorites” for that day. He had been especially sweet, helpful, and kind to his brother this particular day and as I pulled his covers up to his face, I whispered, “I am SO proud of you.”
I wish I would have had a recording of his face. He beamed. His face lit up and he looked as if he had been given the greatest gift in the world.
“Words of Affirmation” is one of my major love languages (second only to “quality time”), so I typically think I do a pretty good job of affirming others since I know how important such words are to me. But seeing Big Brother’s face light up this way reminded me of how intentional I must be with my words.
I can use my words to fill others up…or use them as a drain.
Every word leaves an impact, either positively or negatively
It is my choice how I use my words.
To build up or tear down.
To encourage or discourage.
I want to choose today and every day to use my words to fill the cups of others, especially my children.
I want them to know how much they are loved.
Our children need to know that they are a treasure: to us and to God. Let’s fill their cups.