What you think, what you say and what you do has tremendous power over other people. Something you say to someone or something which they overhear you saying, may change that person's life completely—and most of the time you don't know what you have done. You may suggest that someone read a book which contains immoral or anti-Christian ideas, and that person may be influenced by that book and adopt some of the immoral ideas in it. What have you done? It is a grave responsibility, isn't it? Or you may speak of courage and wisdom and compassion, and inspire someone who hears you so that his whole life is changed and he becomes a new person.
What have you done? Something tremendous—something with such power for good that you would never believe you possessed, and indeed you may never know of its effects except by chance. And what a responsibility this is—for you might have said something that dragged someone down. Your words can do tremendous good, or tremendous harm—your actions too— because your actions express your thoughts, and people will be influenced by your example. So watch your thoughts, your words and your actions, because you never know what effect they may have, and you are responsible for them.