John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God.
Our family memory verse this week was John 1:1. In an effort to help my son commit this to memory we discussed how important words are. I asked him to imagine a world without words.
Can you imagine it? No talking, no writing, no emails, no texting, no news.
How would we communicate? How would we function?
We played a game together as a family. I would motion and use other means to communicate a task to my daughter. She would have to complete the task without using a word herself. She couldn’t ask any questions. It wasn’t too challenging to get her to sort blocks by color. She caught on pretty quickly. Then my husband took a turn trying to get my son to perform a task. He had a harder time lining up foam mats on the floor 2 x 3.
We went on to talk about how important the words are that we choose to speak. My daughter was taught a phrase in preschool, “Dip your words into honey so you will be a bucket filler, not a bucket dipper.” What a perfect picture for our young ones! If you say mean words, you are taking away from others. When you speak kindly and lovingly, you fill others up. We know a fun song that goes along with 1 Thessalonians 5:11, which says, “Encourage one another and build each other up.” We often sing this when we are having a hard time choosing our nice words.
This can go even deeper when we think of our Savior, Jesus. He is THE Word! He is the essence of the Word of God. Teaching my son that everything that came from the mouth of God is embodied in Jesus is a heavy lesson. I hope it encourages him to listen closely to Jesus’ words. It’s a wonderful reminder to me to tune in to the voice of the Word.