IT’S IN THE TONGUE
Recently, two 16 year-old males shared an encounter they had with the school counselor regarding college. The guidance counselor told them that they should not try to attend a 4-year college, but should play it safe and attend a community college. The two boys left the office feeling down and defeated because they really wanted to attend a 4-year college. One wanted to give up on the track to college all together and the other was ready to settle for a community college even though that wasn’t their dream.
I stood there in silence for a moment witnessing two young males ready to give up on their dreams because of one individual. This one individual is an adult and her role is very important to students’ progression in life. Unfortunately, these two males are not the first who were ready to give up on their dreams because of something they were told.
Therefore, I want to focus on the scripture Proverbs 18:21, which reads, “the tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit”. Too many times, we say things to adolescents as well as others without thinking or placing our past experiences and unhealed pain on others. We don’t realize that we have the power to bring someone to life or cause death because of the things we speak to someone or against someone.
MAKE PRODUCTIVE AND EFFECTIVE DEPOSITS
After hearing this, I had to dig deeper into the boys’ grades. No they were not straight A students nor A/B honor roll, but their cumulative grade point average was above a 2.5. They were involved in sports as well as academic clubs at school and participated in a lot of different activates at church. They were well rounded and in my eyes still have the ability to get into a 4-year college if they wanted. I explained this to the young men and their hope was regained. They now had another motivation to work even harder than before.
It is imperative that we use our tongues to deposit productive and effective information that can uplift someone and change their life for the better. Today’s generation needs more people who will speak life into them. Positive, productive, and effective deposits are needed that will empower this generation to be all that they were born to be. I encourage you this week to speak with love and seek to make a productive and effective deposit to one adolescent you interact with. If this is the “lost” generation, it is our duty to speak life to them and help them find their way. Strive to be their navigation system.