I provided musical entertainment at a local fair several years ago. My girls, at an age of innocence, were seated in the stands. When the set was over, I walked over to get them. They both walked toward me, seemingly defeated. Delani, no older than seven, which would’ve made Korrie four, looked up at me and said with deep sadness, the ladies behind us said bad things about you while you were singing. They were not nice. They said you couldn’t sing at all!
I still remember both girls’ facial expressions and words, and felt the hurt in my heart knowing they discovered at such a young age the poor behavior of adults who should be the models of exemplary character. Immediately, I felt something move inside of me. Without much contemplation or reflection or even hesitation, my response fell from my lips.
I immediately replied. “Girls, some people just don’t think about their words - even though they could be hurtful to others around them; they just don’t think about it. Let this be a lesson to you. Always choose your words wisely. Most importantly, use your words in a way that is classy and kind - to motivate and inspire others, ALWAYS! ️For it's your words and behavior that define your character. Never forget: Words really are THAT important! 💖