Whenever I thought about what to write today, the words of this song reverberated in my head and I could hear Sara Bareilles belt out, “I wanna see you be brave!” So…back to the theme of “Fear Not.”
I really don’t know what to add to these lyrics. Except that they reiterate the significant impact words have in our lives. They can wound or heal and have power that lasts beyond the speaker’s own life and breath. The writer of this song would agree that the claim “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is a vicious lie. I chanted this in elementary school and maybe you did too. It was only a paper shield against sharp-edged words. “Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do…”
You can be amazing. You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug. You can be the outcast or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love or you can start speaking up.
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do when they settle ‘neath your skin, kept on the inside and no sunlight. Sometimes a shadow wins, but I wonder what would happen if you
Say what you wanna say and let the words fall out. Honestly, I wanna see you be brave with what you want to say and let the words fall out. Honestly I wanna see you be brave.
Everybody’s been there. Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy, fallen for the fear and done some disappearing, bow down to the mighty. Don’t run, just stop holding your tongue.
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live. Maybe one of these days you can let the light in. Show me how big your brave is.
And since your history of silence won’t do you any good, did you think it would? Let your words be anything but empty. Why don’t you tell them the truth?
Say what you wanna say and let the words fall out. Honestly, I wanna see you be brave with what you want to say and let the words fall out. Honestly, I wanna see you be brave.
I wanna see me be brave, too! To speak up, to stop holding my tongue, to let the light in, to be truthful – all great advice. But because what we say is so very important, I hesitate to simply “let the words fall out,” lest my words become the ones that harm. I want to be bold and daring, yet discerning. And ultimately, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)