I was sitting at the back table in the dining room of the Bible school I was teaching at and listening to student after student tell me their issues. I got to pray over them and with them, lay hands on them, and share some advice about faith with some of the students. I even anointed several of them with oil. There was a commonality with all the students that lined up to talk to me. All of them had had words spoken over them: mean words, tough words, angry words, words of inadequacy, words of stupidity. One student who had attempted to take his life was told by a friend, “If you took your life, no one would care. No one would say a word. No one would miss you.” And those words were deeply embedded into this kid’s life. I loved praying over him, reaching out to him and holding him, and asking God to remove those words – to make him Teflon so that those words would not stick to him anymore, so that he would be free from the bondage of those words. I saw so many kids who were paralyzed by words. How much better would it be if we spoke affirmation to one another? If we spoke words of growth – positive words, words that would propel people on the right trajectory. I think we need to recognize that words stick.