“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24
After leading worship at church last weekend, a friend sent me an encouraging email. She said, “I love how you draw others into worship. Thank you for giving of yourself when I know you don’t have very much to give. May God continue to give you strength and courage to live with joy and hope.”
Thank you for giving of yourself when I know you don’t have very much to give.
That sentence almost knocked me over. No one has ever said that to me before. It was incredibly powerful and healing. Where I was spiritually and physically in that moment, those were the best words. The. Very. Best. Words. After I read them, I realized just how much I had needed someone to say those exact words to me, but I didn’t know that until they were written out with my name typed out in the recipient line. We may not know what we need, but when it’s sweetly whispered in our ear, “I love you,” or yelled proudly in a big embrace, “You did it! You are so amazing!” or even tearfully sobbed out with shaken breaths, “I’m so sorry.” These are life-giving words and no one is going to hold up a sign telling us to speak these words to our family and our friends, but we must. We are commanded to love one another and speaking life affirming words to another human being is one of the most genuine forms of loving that I know.
I don’t think we truly understand how much power our words have. We hold the power of life and death on our tongues and to make a difference in the life of another person, can take mere seconds. It doesn’t take much to be an encouragement to others, but I can let days go by without saying or doing anything. The email I received probably took my friend a total of less than five minutes to type out and send to me. And yet, it meant the world to me that she let me know she cared and that she “saw” me. Our words can hurt or heal, wound or soothe, and damage or restore. I want to speak words to my friends and family that are good and true, lovely and hopeful. How easy it is to make someone’s day with something as simple as a sentence.
What “best words” can you write or speak that will make someone’s day? With words, we can speak healing into the pain, joy into the sadness and light into the darkness. Choose your words carefully…
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” Mother Theresa