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Ephesians 4:29

"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear."
The Way of Words

"Why the heck did you shoot that ball?!"

"Don't do that! Didn't you hear me?"

"You lost this for us."

"You're the worst player on this team."

"You better play better next time."

"You're the freshmen; you pick them up."

Do you hear the tone of voice in these examples? Snarky. Ugly. Hurtful.

Words are powerful. More powerful than we can sometimes realize with how many words are said in a day whether they're our own or the ones we hear from others around us.

Behind every single one of those words are beliefs, thoughts, and emotions. They can easily be the result of pride, anger and fear, and a huge factor of verbal and emotional abuse, even in the slightest. Or, words can be a part of healing and helping.

When was the last time you caught yourself saying something that tore someone down or was just not filled with grace? It can happen in the blink of an eye and it can happen even when our intentions are otherwise.

The root of hurtful words is a "me first" attitude. Yeah, we may have been hurt by someone else, but nothing graceful and beneficial to others exists with this attitude. The next time you catch yourself about to complain, be snarky or lash out on someone, take just a second extra to think how you can change your attitude and therefore your words.

A very simple tweak can make all the difference in the world...

"Hey, instead of shooting that, next time look for a pass to the inside."

"You may not have heard me. Do you remember the other option?"

"It was a team effort tonight. No one play cost us the game."

"I know it's been a rough season for you. Is there any way I can help?"

"Keep practicing hard at this. You'll get better each time."

"Fellow seniors! Let's help pick everything up."
Blog  Blog
In the Life: My Spot in the Stands
By: Denise Cheviron

Another one for the moms/parents! Could the reason competition and relationships go sour be because of how the parents behave in the stands? Well, yes. Check out this blog to read more about it.

Resources  Resources
Whistles and Wedding Rings
By: Roger Lipe

"Coaching families face pressure and experience certain joys that most people never even consider. Whistles and Wedding Rings approaches the unique situations that coaching families encounter with an ear turned toward the wisdom of the Bible. This book of fifty devotional thoughts is for both the coach and the coach's spouse. Roger Lipe has served with FCA since 1994. He has served coaches and huddles as a chaplain and staff member in the FCA Midwest Region and International Coordinator."

Manly Minute   ManlyMinute
Part 5 from Focus on the Family's Series,
"Male and Female: By Design"
by Jeff Johnston

This six part series confronts both the issue we're facing in our society today about male and female differences and how it intersects with what Christian's believe based on God's Word.

*This is in no way comprehensive but rather just a glimpse into a subject that requires extensive research and even more study in God's Word, prayer, and listening to the Holy Spirit. It simply sheds some awareness on something that is good to question and look for Truth about.

*We are looking at this series as a whole, not just one article. We understand there is vague wording that requires more research. We also recognize the lack of Scripture on some points, which is where we really need to look first.

*God extends immeasurable and unending grace and love to us. It's okay to be confused and to question. It's good to question. We just want that to motivate you to seek to find answers and to seek Jesus first in finding those answers.

*This is not necessarily reflective of the views of Winning Women or FCA.


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