Three Word Sentences That Change Your Life

Three word sentences
can change your life.

If you heard …
Congratulations, you’re hired!
or You are pregnant!
or You’re cancer free!
it would dramatically change your life,
wouldn’t it?

We have the option to change lives
with our own
three word sentences.

Several years ago,
Mr. 4-Ever and I joined
a dinner party group.

At first,
we just got together to
eat and play games.
We talked about the weather
or the game
or our kid’s latest escapades.

It’s grown into a safe haven,
a place to share new recipes
as well as
life’s triumphs and challenges.

It’s so special,
we don’t post pictures on Facebook
or tweet about our time together.
It would feel like a breach of privacy.

This little group of five couples
has become holy space.

There is a bond between us
that blossomed from casual conversation
to committed comrades.

The three word sentence,
I LOVE YOU
is heard often. 

One evening a while back,
something deep and serious and hard
bubbled from the mouth of one of the men.

He shared his burden for the future.
A burden that had become too heavy
for him or his wife to carry alone.

They had
BIG dreams and
FEW resources.

If anyone else had shared what he said that night,
I would have thought,
“You are crazy.
Good luck with that!”

But, because we already had
I LOVE YOU
in place,
I TRUST YOU
wasn’t too big of a stretch.


When he said,
I NEED HELP,
just like that,
we were all in. 

We banged on the gates of heaven
till they cracked open enough
to see glimmers of hope stream out.

Our little dinner group was
never the same after that.

Over the years,
we have laughed and cried,
prayed and
stormed Heaven together.

It’s mostly great stuff.

But, occasionally,
a toe gets stepped on,
feelings get hurt,
the teasing gets carried away,
or a personality comes on too strong –
and there’s an issue.

Three word sentences
restore balance and relationships.

I’M SO SORRY.
PLEASE FORGIVE ME.

 With those three word sentences,
defenses come down,
and hearts soften.

Another three word sentence
restores the situation.

I FORGIVE YOU.

When all is redeemed
and hugs are exchanged,
sighs of relief are exhaled,
the cycle is completed with
the three word sentence that
started it all. 

I LOVE YOU!

The same three word sentences that
created the sanctuary for our little group
will work like magic in your
marriage,
with your kids,
your extended family
and your friends.

Three word sentences
can change your life.

What three word sentence
do you need to hear
or say today?