Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Mid-Week Message - Words of Kindness
"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." Psalm 19:14 (ESV)
I wonder sometimes if people think I am strange for complimenting them on their hair. I do get some odd looks. But almost always I also get a smile. And, at times, I see a very serious expression turn into surprise and then joy when the person realizes that the statement is sincere and that they are in possession of something that someone else appreciates. I always hope they are able to carry that new expression throughout their day.
In short, whether it is for hair or other reasons, I love to make people smile. For most of us just a little bit of kindness or encouragement goes a long way. I was reading some statistics about depression and I discovered that 25 million Americans suffer from some type of major depressive episode each year. What a staggering number! I know there is far more involved in remedying depression than a momentary smile but what if that is the only time someone smiles during the day? You never know what impact a small word of encouragement can make.
With so many people hurting around us, every word that comes from our mouths should matter. We may not know someone well enough to speak to their heart but we can always find something positive to say. Whether it is complimenting them or giving a sincere "God Bless You!", there is always a way to use words to edify those near us.
Let's make it a priority to show kindness in word and in deed. Countless strangers cross our paths each day and we can't know what is going on in their lives. If we can give them the gift of just one smile, that may be pure treasure to them. Family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and acquaintances need the same. We can all point to a time when someone unexpectedly made us feel good by something they said or did. There is far too much negativity in this world. May you feel treasured this week. God bless you!