Hurting words.

I’m a huge Ted Lasso fan. When an episode ends, I actually groan. This week was a powerful demonstration of how important words are, how the things we say can impact a person for years (for good or bad), and how important genuine, heart-felt communication is to heal old wounds.

Here is the bit I mean. < spoilers>

Tough guy Roy Kent was hurt by the blunt criticism of his skills written in an article by reporter Trent Crimm from Roy’s first game when Roy was just 17. Roy still carries the article around in his wallet decades later.

Do you have any words like that that you’re still metaphorically carrying around years later? Perhaps we remember a mentor’s encouragement that sparked our interest or passion in a chosen career. Perhaps, sadly, we still struggle under the weight of words by someone who condemned us at our worst, saw as as inadequate or a failure. someone who felt we would never measure up.

Words have heft to weigh us down or sustain us. We need to remember that when we choose ours.


  1. John Foster · March 27

    So true. Thankfully, It is equally true, that our words of encouragement and support for each other can also be remembered and appreciated years later. Have a good week!

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    • Shari Swanson · March 27

      So agree! I remember your ‘I love you forever, I like you for always’ sermon decades later. 😁


  2. Matt · March 27

    Proverbs 16:24
    New International Version
    24 Gracious words are a honeycomb,
    sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

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    • Shari Swanson · March 27

      I love this verse, too, Matt! This was Claire Arnold’s confirmation verse.


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