One of my most important daily conversations is the discussion I have with myself. Speaking lovingly to me is an important first step in speaking lovingly to others. A psychiatry professor in medical school said that much of psychiatric treatment boils down to teaching people to speak kindly to themselves.

A mean spirited, unforgiving chat, by me about me, does not lead to gentle, forgiving exchanges with others. Jesus affirmed this thought when speaking with a lawyer about condensing the law to its essence… Love your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27 NIV)

Our words imbued with power can build up or destroy – words to ourselves and to others.

With the tongue, we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.
(James 3:9-10 NIV) 

Will you join me this week in preparing to speak kindly to others by speaking kindly to ourselves?


Sharing the journey with you,

Bob Snyder