This year we’re having a monthly series on mentoring. Head here to read the previous posts.
Annie Downs blew us all away at the Influence Conference last month with her talk about the power of words. (If you were on twitter that morning, you may have noticed I was madly tweeting out quotes from her session.)
Annie spoke powerfully about language, especially in the era of the internet. Words truly have the power of life and death, and we’re creating one or the other every time we open our mouths–or sit at our keyboard.
Annie believes words have never been more powerful than they are right now, because of the way they are magnified online. The loudest voice online is the female voice: we have a voice that no generation has had before us. We can be really loud on the internet.
So what are we putting out there?
Annie’s main audience is teen girls, and she gets pretty fired up about teaching them, protecting them, and honoring them with our words.
She asked us, our room full of plugged-in women, “Do you have your eyes wide open to how you are behaving online?” Because we’re mentoring the next generation whether we know it or not.
They’ll find us online, she said, just searching for “cute Anthro shirts” or “how to clean my sheets” or some other simple teen (tween?) girl search. Are we speaking life to them? Annie told us to pray that they would find us instead of all the dark and dirty stuff on the internet that is death to them.
Because of the power of the internet, we’re teaching the girls below us how to use our words. And we need to remember them whenever we sit down at the computer or pull out our phone.
They are watching us–and we are mentoring them–whether we know it or not.