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My life is now consumed with children’s shows and edu-tainment. One of my son’s favorite shows is “Word Girl” on PBS Kids.

Hailing from the planet Lexicon, our protagonist is a10-year old shero with the super power of vocabulary (along with flight and super strength, but who needs those when you can articulate?).

She doesn’t need a phone booth like Superman, just her activation phrase “Word Up”.

When I was growing up, word up wad a signifying posse, it was a way to say: “I see you”, “there’s truth in that”, “you’re absolutely right”. I’m fairly certain that the creators of Word Girl are able my age (seeing as how my generation are the “grownups” now. But also, I believe it had to be one of my generational counterparts app created this incredible young lady because of the importance of her catch phrase… Word up!

Word Girl protects herself and those around her with the strength of her words. Back in the day “word up” meant that there was power in what was said.

Nowadays, we can all stand to wood up a little more; to think about our words – their weight and their consequences. How much different our world would be if we took a moment to praise before letting seemingly random tidbits fall from our lips; before we allowed hurtful, degrading filth to spill out of our mouths.

Some of us still haven’t learned the impact our words have on us – not just the words we speak to ourselves, but even stuff we say to other people.

When you come into contact with others and don’t speak from your truth, from your purest Self, you’ll often feel low and drained. But what then, do you address it? Do you go back and attempt to mend, repair, anew? If so, then you’re working toward acknowledging abd accepting the responsibility you beat where your words are concerned. If not, you’re likely to hurt others (and to be hurt yourself).

I learned something recently about talking, speaking, using words for light abd uplifting. It’s so simple… Here goes:

Before you speak, think.

T – Is it true?
H – Is it helpful?
I – Is it inspiring?
N – Is it necessary?
K – Is it kind?

If a ripple can start a wave, our tongue is the first drop. Speak wisely. T.H.I.N.K.


Psalm 37:30 NIV

The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.

James 3:4-6 NIV
Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.