Let Your Words Heal

Have you really thought about the power you have to either inspire or uplift yourself and others around simply by the words you use? Do you realize that words can either propel you to achieve excellence in everything that you do or hold you down from even trying anything at all?

Words – whether written or spoken – are the most powerful force on earth because not only are they the hallmark of our humanity, they are also used to create and communicate ideas that can either make or break us, both as individuals or as institutions. Indeed, words are the kindling energy that shapes our thoughts, fuels our actions and creates reactions in others. As a result of this, every word we speak or write produces an effect in the world even though we are oblivious of the positive or negative effect these words have on ourselves and the people around us.

Actually, most of us take words for granted by failing to realize that words are the most powerful tools with which we use to influence others, either negatively or positively. We do not understand that the constant usage and application of negative words lower self-esteem and destroy the joy of living; while well-chosen positive words on the other hand motivate, encourage, as well as propel us to gain greater heights in life. This is to say that nothing positive (good) can come from being negative (bad). However, for the benefit of those who may still think or feel otherwise, here is what the Bible says about the value of well-chosen words: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”- Proverbs 15:1

In light of the above, rather than use words to hurt, abuse, ridicule, distort, disrespect, misguide, demoralize, defile, curse, humiliate, damn, destroy and hate – use words to heal, praise, compliment, beautify, respect, direct, motivate, purify, bless, educate, salvage, build and love. Certainly, the result of habitually using or applying positive words in our daily interactions with one another is greatly beneficial and more pleasing to humanity; because by doing so, we can actually overcome despair with hope, hate with love, failure with success, wickedness with compassion, impurity with purity, injustice with justice, weakness with strength, division with unity, selfishness with generosity, fear with faith, corruption with integrity, war with peace, and ultimately, evil with good. Simply put, through well-chosen words, you can become a dealer of hope in a world that is filled with fear, doubt, and anxiety.

Moreover, the continued cultivation and apprehension of such a worthy aspiration is far better than just complaining about the wrong things of this World, and practically doing nothing to change them. As a matter of fact, you can become part of the solution to the problems devastating many nations by making a conscious and consistent effort to always choose your words wisely and carefully, knowing that these words will surely have a positive and lasting impact on you and the people you interact with every day. And while you are at it, do not hesitate to encourage, urge or challenge those around you to continue emulating this meaningful act until our world becomes an interwoven web of positive words. Imagine what a beautiful world it would be!

Allow me to quickly add that just as God Almighty who is the maker of all heavenly and earthly things, created us in His image and likeness with words, so do we all possess the ability to create our world and determine our destinies with words, as well… So let your words heal and not hurt!
Let your words…
… accentuate positives
… herald truths
… spread love
… cultivate peace
… enrich lives
… uplift souls
… proffer solutions
… uphold justice
… empower people
… unite nations
… give hope
… create wealth
… apply wisdom
… share knowledge
… deploy joy
… break barriers
… exceed expectations
… open doors
… fulfill needs
… foster prosperity
… encourage patience
… exhibit courage
… embrace charity
… embody compassion
… honor humanity
… heighten happiness
… promote wellness
… express gratitude
… evoke empathy
… extol excellence
… enhance success
… laud integrity
… generate ideas
… add value
… transmit courage
… preserve civilization

But most importantly, let your words praise and worship God, always.

What Happens When a Man Is Turned Inside Out and Transformed As This Man Undoubtedly Was?

These men and women were living in a world where persecution was real and sore and painful, and Peter’s theme is suffering and glory, in his first letter to the churches.

He knows how to enable men and women to overcome the consequences of sin.

Here is a fisherman, who is now conquering territory and winning lives, for Jesus Christ, the King of Kings. A miracle had taken place in this man’s life.

He is writing to ordinary people, to Jews and Gentiles, who are finding life rough and tough.

Jesus does turn this man inside out. He speaks about people exiled in the dispersion. They were Jews who had been taken away and settled elsewhere.

Today, Jews still refer to the diaspora which means, those dispersed.

But he explains to these believers in Jesus, that you Christians are real exiles, because you are far from home.

They were social misfits or aliens or strangers, and that is never easy. We don’t fit in. We don’t belong in this world, but we remain here to witness and shine and testify and serve.

We, according to this first letter of Peter, are aliens or misfits and unwanted. Do you see how we can become one with the Jews?

We are exiles, and the common factor is that we are different, but selected by God, and sanctified by the Holy Spirit and sprinkled or sealed by Jesus. This is what cuts us off. It is all there in that first Chapter.

We are chosen by God, and this we share this with Israel.

This introduces us to the big word which is ‘predestination’. It is a lovely truth. God decided to have me, and choose me. What an honour and privilege to be chosen by God. This is reassuring and comforting, and the Holy Spirit is at work in our heart, to enable us to obey.

God chooses us for obedience. Note the order. The work of God begins through the Holy Spirit, and then we come to Jesus. Peter is explaining that this is how it happened to me. The Holy Spirit has come and set me apart, and we are sprinkled, or marked or sealed and secured by the blood of Jesus Christ. This makes us different.

This is what makes us brothers and sisters. This is what causes our home to be in heaven and causes us to be exiles or strangers down here.

All this is in the title of the letter and in his opening words.

He writes this to persecuted people. Even persecuted people can experience peace. Even when misrepresented and ridiculed and mocked and laughed at and falsely blamed, it is possible to know the peace of God.

Peter is a Jew, and he now is so transformed and changed, that he has this real love for Gentiles, for those who are not Jews, and he will serve wherever God sends him.

This is indeed a letter full of riches, and he goes on to speak about the salvation of our souls.

Salvation means the same as salvage. Things we were going to throw out and then we salvaged them, and we made them useful, and they became useful. We made them serve a purpose. They were needed.

God said, I am going to salvage these people. I am going to rescue them and save them, and make them not only feel useful, but I am going to use them. I am going to call these men and women to serve me. I am going to give them a purpose to their lives as they follow Jesus. I am going to give them faith and hope and love, and they are going to produce fruit, and they will receive gifts as well.

These are tremendous privileges which we have received from God, and Peter is thinking about two groups which would have appreciated experiencing what we have received; the prophets, and the angels; human beings and supernatural beings.

This is amazing. What we have received the prophets wrote about. They were like blind lamplighters. They were lighting lights but they did not realise exactly what they were doing. They did not know what they were saying, or what they were speaking about.

It was like an enormous jigsaw, and they saw only one part, but we have the whole picture on the box, but they faithfully told that part which God revealed to them. Is Peter thinking here too of Isaiah Chapter 53?

These prophets were writing for you and not for themselves. They were serving you.

Peter had been reading the prophets and he was immersed in the writings of the prophets.

This is why it can be so important to share what God has revealed to you and to share what Jesus has said to you, no matter how insignificant or unrelated to anything else that is going on around you in the Church or in the world.

They caught a fraction of the vision or a fragment, but they shared what they saw.

One prophet knew Jesus would be born of a virgin, another knew He would have to flee to Egypt and another that Jesus the Messiah would be anointed of the Holy Spirit, and be betrayed and given vinegar to drink and that his hands and feet would be pierced and that he would be buried in a rich man’s grave, and raised from that grave and this on the third day.

Each knew just a little piece. Who is that, and when is He going to come?

The prophets did not know but they shared the little piece they did know – and sometimes it cost them their lives

Sandy Shaw

Indiana Salvage Yards – Keeping Mercury Out of the Environment

Aside from the obvious contaminants of Freon, transmission and brake fluids and used motor oil, there is one that slides under the radar for most: mercury. Up until 2003 mercury was one of the components in the convenience lights of hoods and trunks, as well as in antilock braking systems. For example, vehicles may contain up to two grams of mercury in their hood and trunk light switches alone- mercury that can be released into the environment when cars are crushed for scrap metal recycling. The mercury switches in are one of the nations’ largest sources of mercury contamination.

Most people don’t realize what environmental nightmares salvage yards can be, but salvage yards in Indiana are pairing up with the state’s environmental department to ensure that those nightmares don’t become reality for the citizens there.

When mercury switches are not removed from inoperable vehicles before they are crushed or shredded, mercury can evaporate into the air and be deposited into the surrounding water and soil. Runoff of from mercury contaminated soil ends up in ground water, streams and lakes. Because fish collect mercury in their bodies, fishing and consumption of fish harvested from mercury contaminated waters can be a source of mercury exposure for people. Mercury is a strong neurotoxin that can be harmful to the health of humans and wildlife. Mercury poses the biggest threat to children and fetuses and even small amounts can create behavioral and learning problems later in life.

In response to the need to facilitate the safe recovery of mercury switches from end of life motor vehicles, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management has issued funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to pay a bounty of $3.00 per mercury switch recovered from salvaged automobiles. IDEM is working in conjunction with the Automotive Recyclers Association of Indiana (ARI) to educate auto recyclers throughout Indiana on the safe removal and handling of the mercury switches. In 2008, ARI together with IDEM hosted a presentation on the safe removal of mercury switches and how to collect the $3.00 fee. IDEM’s goal is to establish a partnership between itself and the auto recycling facilities of Indiana. The mercury switch recovery program is a win-win situation for both the government and the auto recycling industry and has gone a long way toward cementing ties between the two. IDEM is also introducing a new program called the Environmental Results Program. This volunteer program, which is supported and endorsed by the ARI, is an alternative to traditional permitting that requires self audits with accompanying self certification to validate compliance with environmental requirements.

Currently, 95% of the 200,000 end of life vehicles are recycled in Indiana are recycled each year diverting approximately 103,000 tons of recyclable materials away from landfills. Salvage yards in Indiana and around the country have spent over $50 million on environmental compliance and are working everyday to preserve our precious natural resources and to prevent the contamination of our air and water.

Education Or Dinosaurs Salvage

In spite of the modern world claiming information is king, small isolated pockets of people still survive, who rely only on tradition and custom. Each group has its own unique language and ancient way of life. However, these groups are quickly being threatened with extinction, as was shown in UNESCO recently released comprehensive database of endangered languages.

Vanuatu, (New Hebrides), has a total of 110 living languages. However, education is not free in the 83 tropical islands of Vanuatu, a tiny South Pacific nation. According to 1997 statistics, which have changed very little, 55.8% of children reach year 6; 26% never go to school at all and only 18.2% have the opportunity to go to high school. Many of their parents can neither read nor write and exist on under $1 a day.

A widely diverse group of young adults from different islands in Vanuatu came together in a workshop, to learn to turn their oral language into the written word, during the International year of language. Most of the students had only very rudimentary primary school education. These students live in a culture where the ancient customs and traditions have been handed down orally, throughout the generations.

“It is the first time most of us have left our remote island home and flown in a plane, or crossed an ocean”, said Jesse, a mother of two. Most of the students had never seen their language in the written form.

Vanuatu is a nation of numerous endangered tongues, with Ifo already lost on the southern island of Erromango.

o Only one person speaks Aore in East Santo
o Ura, another Erromanga language, has only 6 remaining native tongue speakers
o Only 8 people can use Araki on the southern part of Santo Island
o Only 10 people speak Maragus on the island of Malekula
o Sowa on Central Raga Island has 20 native tongue speakers
o 20 people use Nasarian on the Southwest coast of Malekula
o Tambotala on Southwest Santo has 50 people who speak the language
o 50 people are able to use Mafea on East Santo
o Dixon Reef is spoken by 50 people in Southwest Malekula
o 90 people on East Malekula Island speak Repanbitip
o Only 90 people use Lehalurup on Ureparapara Island
o Maii is used by only 100 people in the southwest of Epi island
o Wailapa is spoken by only 100 people in Southwest Santo
o Only 105 people can speak Koro on Gaua Island
o Hiw is spoken by just 120 people on Torres Islands

The Island of Santo has another 8 languages where only 150 people or less are able to speak them. A further five languages have 200 native language speakers.

The question has to be, do you use the limited resources that are available, on endeavouring to keep these ancient languages alive, while most of the children remain without education, qualifications or any prospects of getting a job? While we all value the beauty of ancient languages, is there a choice between rescuing the living dinosaurs of language, or providing education for the next generation?