If you have ever met me, you know that I never have a shortage of things to say. And in the midst of conversation, I hang on every word being spoken, listening for meaning, intention, and ways I can learn from others. In one conversation, an influential person in my life implored me to have an extra ordinary life. Extra ordinary? Surely he did not mean for me to be extra average or super plain, after all, that would have been completely contrary to his counsel of pursuing my graduate degrees and increased leadership roles. Imagine if Michael Jordan was an extra ordinary basketball player, or Maya Angelou was an extra ordinary writer, or Steve Jobs an extra ordinary innovator.
Our words paint a picture that has incredible impact in people’s lives. Proverbs 25:11 says, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” We must be mindful of the power of the things we say because each one of them gives meaning, intention, and instruction that with corresponding action, has potential to be the encouragement or challenge needed for your audience to go from extra ordinary to extraordinary in their endeavors.
Nathan Quillan, Sports and Recreation Associate
Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church
Phone: 972.359.7777 x2525