words can make you pretty or ugly

sweet 35 // © Tina Vega Photography

On my mind as of late?  It seems like some people have no trouble exuding hate when their cause feels just.  Makes me think of my own thoughts and mouth because things like this reflect our character:

hate => intense or passionate dislike; abhorence; hostility or aversion usually derived from fear, anger or sense of injury
mockery => derision; ridicule; contempt; teasing; scorn; sarcasm
derision => contemptuous ridicule or mockery
contempt => the feeling that a person or thing is beneath consideration, worthless, or deserving scorn
disrespect => lack of respect or courtesy; disdain
ridicule => the subjection of someone or something to mockery and derision

And if our character is mired bitterness and negativity, it will mask all beauty.

beauty => a combination of qualities, such as shape, color or form that pleases the aesthetic senses; a pleasing thing or person
ugliness => repulsive or offensive; objectionable, threatening or ominous; marked by or inclined to anger or bad feelings; disagreeable

Our words have a lot of power.

Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose.  Proverbs 18:21 [MSG]

And whether speaking them out loud, to myself, or writing something online the impact is the same.  (Sort of reminds me of THIS post.)

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I want to become more beautiful with age and realize the key to doing so is not with exercise, surgery, or even makeup.

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It is cultivating character that reflects what is true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, and gracious – the character of Christ.

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