Words that Carry the Weight of the World

I am not really the crying type, but working with the youth kids at my church this past week as we talked about word curses crushed my heart. Pastor was talking about forgiving the words that people have spoken over us that hurt us.

He had everyone write down on a blank sheet of paper things that were spoken over their lives. No names written on them, just the words. As Pastor began reading them my spirit broke. I looked at every one of those students – all of them gifted, talented, and have so much potential – yet somebody has to try to beat down on them telling them that they are:

  • a disappointment
  • fat
  • stupid
  • unlovable
  • not worth it/worthless
  • a loser
  • weak

So many other things…it crushed me. The lies they have been told.

I love these kids. I work with the youth every week. They are worth it. They are gifted. They are uniquely placed and intentionally here. I can’t believe the things said about them.

But those people, they don’t see what I see. Those people don’t see the gift that the lives of these kids are.

I see world changers.

I see a faith that stands against the lies.

I see unique pieces of a family.

I see a need each one fills.

I see gifts.

I see a future.

I see incredible kids who will shake history.

Call me crazy, but I know they have it in them to change the world as we know it. They each hold a special part in my heart.


Those hurtful words that were said to these kids put the weight of the world on them. It is crushing. But what was so beautiful that night,w as the power of forgiveness and seeing that weight lifted from them. Forgiveness is a powerful thing. Words are a powerful thing. Consider the weight of your words before you speak. They can either break someone down, or build them up.

About Brittany Lee Ketter

I am a writer, speaker and abolitionist who is passionately in love with Jesus. I carry the purpose God placed on my life to bring the broken to restoration and to a recognition of redemption, and also to raise up a generation of women who are healed, healthy and wholeheartedly devoted to God and to His plans and purposes for their lives.
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2 Responses to Words that Carry the Weight of the World

  1. Rhonda says:

    Brittany, I can’t tell you how many days I have written these words in my journal: Lord, give me words that build up, not words that tear down. I have worked with children for 25 years, and have tried to always keep in mind the power that words can have in their lives. Helping kids to see their worth and future is a difficult job. I’m so glad these kids have you; someone who understands the struggles they have and is willing to help them to conquer the evil they encounter. Great job!

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