Yesterday, I was driving to work and pulled up to a red light. An older woman in a car pulled up next to me and motioned for me to roll down my window. Instantly, my heart sank as I rolled down my window and contemplated what was wrong: Did I accidentally cut her off? Is she going to tell me I have a flat tire?
Out of her mouth came the most unexpected words, "I hope you have a fantastic day. God bless you.“
Stumped, I mumbled a thank you and bless you back at her and the light turned green. The rest of the day the memory of that blessing made the day happily fly by.
Words can bring forth life and they can kill a person's spirit to the point of suicide. Words have the power to build up walls and the ability to tear them down. Words can make or break someone's day.
The Bible says, God's words are,
"Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow;
it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."
Like that sword, we can wield words both intentionally and unintentionally, causing harm in the wake of everywhere we go. Or we can offer words of encouragement that are sweet on both the lips of the giver and the ears of the recipient. Before you speak today, choose your words carefully. Bless someone unexpectantly. Be kind in both word and deed and you may be the recipient a blessing in return.
Day 17: Encourage