That conversation left my heart smiling. Bobby always has kindness in his words and a warm and welcoming smile. I look forward to seeing Bobby at the Y. I look for him when I'm there because of his kindness. And he's not just like that to me. But to everyone I see him talk with. Bobby chooses words that are life giving. Refreshing and warm at the same time.
I came home from the Y and as I was getting the boys out of the van a neighbor said hello. She walked over and I told her how we'd just come back from the Y. I joked (sort of) about how I'm still trying to lose baby weight from 2 years ago. Her response was, "Well, you were never thin to begin with. Right?"
Deep breath. Sigh. Grateful I had my sunglasses on so she couldn't see the tears forming in my eyes. Words matter. My words matter. Other people's words matter.
Proverbs 18:21 says, "The tongue has the power of life and death and those who love it will eat it's fruit."
So, here's what I'm choosing to do today. To lay both of my encounters today before Jesus and I'm asking Him to speak to me today. And I'm asking Him where I have failed at speaking with words of grace and asking to be given opportunities to speak grace and truth and kindness to someone.
Our words will leave us in one of two categories- those people seek out and look forward to seeing because our words bring life. Or those people turn away from and avoid because our words bring death. What are you bringing today dear one? Let's be people who bring life. Who speak life.
Let's eat the fruit and bear the consequences of words of life today!