Have you heard of The Giving Keys? They are an amazing organization who help the homeless in LA and make inspiring jewelry. Caitlin Crosby the founder of The Giving Keys, wore a key as a necklace and had the idea to start engraving old, used keys with inspirational words. Realizing that in a way we are all like these keys — unique, flawed, scarred, and at risk of being discarded – she began encouraging people to wear and embrace the message on their key necklace, then ‘pay it forward’ to someone who needs the message more. Amazing and inspiring! I got to hear Caitlin Crosby speak at Catalyst and I loved hearing her heart and her message.
Their slogan is “Love is the Key”. Isn’t that true? When we break down the bible and theology, isn’t Love the key? Love is Jesus’ message and what God wants the world to feel. I love this idea and have owned three of these keys and I have been able to give two of them away, when I found people who needed that word more than I did. It’s amazing how much power a word holds. The words we speak into the lives of people we are around can make or break their spirits. I tend to have a sharp tongue and God is constantly at work in me to watch the words I say and to speak light into darkness. And these keys are a reminder to speak love into the lives of those God has placed into my life.
My first key had the word CHOSEN engraved on it, it empowered me to be who God created me to be and I was able to give it to a friend who really needed to remember who he was in Christ. My next key was CREATE, God finds joy in creating and so do I. I only wore this key for about a week and was able to pass it on to an amazing girl who creates amazing art to glorify God. I loving wearing these works of art, but giving them away is the biggest blessing. It’s awesome to see my friends wear their keys and I can’t wait to hear about who they pass them on to someday.
The latest key I wear almost daily is FIGHT. Ever since I was born I’ve had to fight for my life, I’ve had to fight to be the person I am and fight to achieve my dreams. Seems like the odds have always been against me. This year has been especially challenging. After our foster baby went home to his family my heart broke into a million pieces, then my body started giving up (hospitals suck), we experienced a miscarriage (crushing blow to my already broken heart) and then I fell into a deep depression. The word FIGHT has pushed me to climb out of the a dark pit. To FIGHT with all I have to live. I wear it and remember that my family is worth fighting for and my life is worth the fight as well. Some days are harder than others and fighting seems impossible, but having that reminder always helps. I still need to carry this word around my neck, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel and can’t wait for the day that I can pass it on to someone who needs to remember that their life is worth fighting for.
There’s power in a single word. You can give hope and love in one word. You can brighten someones day with a single word. You have the power, how will you use it today?
I want to challenge you to think of a word you need to place on your heart. What word do you need to be reminded of today? I gave a talk with a group of girls in Ohio a few weeks ago and the girls all made necklaces with empowering words on them. I loved their creativity some of my favorites were: Warrior, Rescued & Healed, Cherished, Wanted, Beloved and Redeemed. They will carry those words as reminders of how God sees them. How cool is that? We are a forgetful people and need daily reminders of who God is and who we are in Him. Wearing my word helps me to remember, it might help you as well.
Speak truth and light into your life and choose a word today to live by to give you hope and if you want get yourself a Giving Key to remind you of that word.
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. Matthew 12:37