I am largely shaped by the words spoken to me.
In middle school, my dad mentioned how saying “dude” isn’t cool, or something to that nature. To this day, I hardly ever say “dude.” I say “man.”
In high school, I wore a brown belt with a black pair of pants. Ugly, I know, and Jess informed me how it was a “fashion faux pas.” For the last decade, not once did I wear brown with black.
When I helped out at a middle school camp, one of the leaders came up to me and told me something along the lines of how I was meant for greatness. That has had an impact on my life, even though I really didn’t have much of a relationship with him.
So take care when you say things. We have the ability to speak into people’s identity, and that is incredibly powerful.
They might never wear black with brown, no matter how fashionable it is, man.