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Everyone needs to be reminded that God creates us with a calling for each of our lives. Everyone is given gifts that need to be shared with the world.

You can be an agent of change in our world. You can empower anyone, no matter what age, to make a change in their life and to follow God’s call.

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Do not speak harshly to an older man, but speak to him as to a father, to younger men as brothers, to older women as mothers, to younger women as sisters — with absolute purity.

1 Timothy 5:1-2

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“Mind your words!” My grandmother's advice reminds me of the importance of taking seriously the words I speak. In a world with status updates, tweets, and text messages, we should take my grandmother’s advice each day. It's easy to type an update, tweet, or text message without thinking about the harm that may be done to someone else or to ourselves!

Today’s passage comes right after Paul has instructed Timothy to stand and make a difference in his church and in the world. Now, he cautions him about the words he speaks. Our words do make a difference!

Think about the words you say. Do your words encourage others to seek God? To seek “purity?” To be their best? Do our words demonstrate respect? Kindness? Humility? Our words alone have the ability to inspire others or to greatly discourage them. What will your words accomplish today?

Dale Tadlock

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Life-giving God, you spoke words and the world came into being. Help me to speak words today that will inspire and bring life to others. May I not speak words that discourage and damage. Speak through me today so that my words may reflect you. Amen.

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It is easy to feel that we are not inspirational to others. However, each day we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be agents of inspiration and change in the lives of others. How have you been empowered by the Holy Spirit to inspire someone else? How can you make a difference in the world today?

You have the gifts, the ability, and the Spirit of the Living God to inspire others.

Go! Be! Inspire!

Dale Tadlock

Dale Tadlock is the associate pastor and minister to young adults and students at First Baptist Church of Waynesboro, Virginia. A graduate of Mississippi College and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, he is currently serving as the president of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Youth Ministry Network. He is married to Laura and they have two daughters, Elizabeth and Lindsay.

Holy Holy Holy

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