Day 19: The Gift of Words

Did you know that words could be a gift to others? Choosing what you say and how you say it matters. Did you ever walk past someone and say “Good Morning” but never look at the person? How about my all-time favorite, when you ask someone how they are doing in passing but never wait for the response? So often in life, we ask the right questions or say the right things but out of habit, rather than love.

Today, while you are enjoying the hustle and bustle of the holidays, remember to say “Good Morning,” “Good Afternoon,” and “How are You?” with meaning. Look the person in the eye and smile. If you ask a question, wait for the response and don’t just do it in passing.

Now, how about the words “I love you,” they should matter, or at least they should. How many times have you said ” I love you” to your husband or kids as they walk out the door? Was it a heartfelt “I love you” or just a routine “Luv ya”? Starting today, pay close attention to your words, and you will probably notice the lack of love spoken.

And how about the sometimes truthful, “just joking” phrase you make, after a comment. Did you mean what you said, and tried to cover it up with “just joking”? Many times, if that phrase is said after a comment, then the comment probably held some truth to it. Believe it or not, most people know deep down that you meant it. Try to be mindful of your words because they could be hurtful. Think before you speak and always let your words be a gift to others.

Remember that words do matter for better or for worse, so use them wisely and always with love.

Have a great day and let the spirit of Christmas flow!

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24

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