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Listen to the Mustn'ts, child,
listen to the Don'ts.
Listen to the Shouldn'ts,
the Impossibles, the Won'ts.
Listen to the Never Haves,
then listen close to me.
Anything can happen, child,
Anything can be.

from Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (1974)

When the world is giving you more than you think you can handle…

When you’re ready to say, “Enough already!”…

God says, “Listen close to me. All things are possible through my love.”

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Don’t let any foul words come out of your mouth. Only say what is helpful when it is needed for building up the community so that it benefits those who hear what you say. Don’t make the Holy Spirit of God unhappy—you were sealed by him for the day of redemption.

Ephesians 4:29-30

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Think

My grandmother used to say there were only two types of words: words that helped and words that hurt. Whenever I said something snippy about anyone, she’d ask me if I was building people up or tearing them down. Grandbubbie was smart. She knew that each word we use is powerful. Too often a joke or lyrics in a song or a comment on an Instagram picture causes real pain to someone.

Each and every person was created by God and in the image of God. It seems like we sometimes forget that all of us – every single person who has ever lived – is beloved by our Creator and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Sometimes we say things we don’t mean. Sometimes we hurt the people around us with our thoughtless words. Sometimes we’re the ones being hurt by other people’s words.

Today, look at each person as God looks at them – with love. Speak to each person as though they are a precious child of God… because they are!

Carrie Zimmerman

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Oh, God, it can be difficult to control my tongue. Help me to use my words and thoughts to honor you and the beautiful people you have created. Amen.

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Go

Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The light and love of God is enough to conquer all darkness, hate, and fear.

Today, and every day, walk through your life trusting in the power of God’s love.

Carrie Zimmerman

Carrie Zimmerman lives in Washington, DC and works with colleges and universities around the country to build community and address issues of civility, diversity, and inclusivity. She knows all the President’s middle names and in 3rd grade had a pet skunk named Pepe le Pew.

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