The Power of Words

My routine when I was still teaching in UST was to get a list of my students and have a roll call during our first meeting. As a clinical instructor, I usually handle 10-12 students for 4 to 6 weeks at a certain area (e.g: Nursery, Pediatric Ward etc.). It's called RLE (Related Learning Experience) or in other field could be classified as on-the-job-training. Our first meeting is more on getting to know each other and orientation of the area they are assigned to. One time, I randomly asked this male student if he has any plan of pursuing medicine. He gleefully answered, "Yes ma'am, I'm taking up Nursing as a premedical field." I further asked him, "Do you know what your name means?" He shook his head. I smiled and told him, "Your name, Rafael, means healer. Claim it." (My late father-in-law's name is also Rafael and he's one of the best doctors I've ever known.)

Few weeks ago, my husband's relatives from Maryland came to visit us here in California. My cousin-in-law has a 9-month-old baby boy. He's an easy baby. His presence calms everyone down. He smiles and laughs almost 90% of the day. Yes, even while he sleeps, he still smiles. He's name's Isaac. When I realized what his name means, I rushed to my husband and said. "Do you know what this baby boy's name means? It's 'to laugh'."
I swear, he smiles the whole day! This photo was taken effortlessly.
My belief is that our names declare who we are. It's a faith declaration that's why I tell my mommy friends to pick names for their sons and daughters carefully. One time, my sister, and cousin and I were discussing the meaning of names. My sister's name is Elaine and she delightfully announced that her name means sunshine. Obviously, she loves her name. She is one of the jolliest people I know. A room will never be quiet (unless she's sleeping) as long as she's around. She's the sunshine of our family and her friends. My cousin's name is Grace which means unmerited favor and everything around her seems so easy to attain--sometimes without much effort. My mom's name is Linda which means beautiful. She's a beautiful woman inside and out and a lot of people will vouch for that. My mother-in-law's name is Antonietta which means worthy of praise. I admired her from the very first time Bryan introduced me to her. My dad's Eduard. His name means guard and it's who he is, especially that his children are all girls. He always wanted to become a soldier but that's a story for another day. My husband's name is Bryan Vincent which means strong and conqueror. Obviously he conquered my heart. haha..But I also joked that he's the only one who made the guard's (my dad) tough heart surrendered his daughter. 

Our names declare who we are because we speak them. From this, I can wrap up that words are very powerful. You know the saying "Don't talk if you have nothing good to say."? I believe this was based from the Scripture. Proverbs 18:21 says "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." and Proverbs 12:18 says "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing."

Words are gift from God but it's up to us how to use them rightly. I admit, I'm guilty of this. There are some instances when I become reckless and speak bitterness and condemnation. If you scan my blog, you would notice some entries where I rant and write negative things. I wrote those entries years ago. I also do that on Facebook before. But that's why I'm in dire need of a savior. We are all in dire need of a SAVIOR. When I fully accepted in my heart that Jesus is my one and only savior and lord, things started to change. I knew it was a change of heart. I started speaking words of encouragement rather than discouragement. I chose to speak love over hatred, blessing over bitterness, compliments over complaints. I'm still in the process of perfecting this. Maybe it would take all my life to master this, but at least, I see an improvement day by day.

Did you know that it takes an average of 30 days before an act becomes a habit? I challenge you to say good words everyday. Compliment yourself, compliment someone from your heart. If you embraced cursing, try to eliminate the word/words day by day. At the end of the month, I'm pretty sure you'll notice a significant difference. And that's where the good habit of speaking words start. Jesus said that the words we speak are the overflow of our hearts. 

Good night beautiful people! 
Ethel

P.S: By the way, my name Ethel means noble and I'm claiming it in all aspects of my life. I'm actually starting to convert this blog into something inspirational. 

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