Howard is a student of the Freedom Dream Center and has been with us for about three months now. He has asked that we would share this with you and we hope you enjoy it!

It is a phrase we all remember from our childhood days, and it goes like this at the beginning:

“Sticks and stones may break my bones…”

And of course you finished the rest. We have heard this from the playgrounds to the school hallways. Now let me give you the same mantra with a little twist.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can also hurt me. Sticks and stones break only skin, while words are ghosts that haunt me. Cutts and bruises have healed now, but your words I’ll always remember.”

Being a Christian means to me to be more like Christ and in doing so I, like you find myself falling short everyday whether it is thinking ill towards others or saying something negative to someone that will leave a huge impact in their life. A lot of us have scars in all sorts of unexpected places. Much like that of the old road maps only these show our personal history, along with pictures of our wounds. Most wounds heal over time, but the majority of them don’t. Even though the wound is long gone it is the memory from the scar that lingers.

The greatest commandment God gave us to do (not follow) is to love. I am reminded of John 15:13 (ESV)

“Greater love has no one that this, that someone lay down his life for a friend.”

Instead of calling everyone names or thinking ill thoughts toward all mankind for persecuting Him, instead Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice to show us the love of God. What I am saying to you is love everyone instead of hating on them. Show others the same sacrificial expression by giving to one another in love.