As adults, we can profoundly influence the direction of children by the words we say to them. With our words, we have the ability to mold and shape the future of anyone over whom we have influence. And each of us has influence over people. Last weekend my family watched an excellent movie called Gifted Hands, the story of Ben Carson. Ben was in middle school and classmates and even teachers communicated that he was dumb and a loser. He believed them and the result was report cards with D’s and F’s. He believed the words he heard and his self image plummeted. He was an angry kid. Most of us know that hurt is the root of anger. Negative words will destroy a person quicker than you can imagine. You cannot speak negatively about someone and expect them to reach their potential. The scripture reminds us that with our words we can bless people or we can curse them. The mother of Ben Carson saw the impact of his environment and relocated him. She began to speak words of truth to her son. Today Ben is considered the best pediatric neurosurgeon in the world. The power of words.