THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. — Colossians 4:6

Words live on in our memories and certainly help to chart our destinies. They cannot be taken back nor can they be completely erased from our memories. We often hear words of affirmation or criticism play back in our minds years after they were spoken.

Our words can be gifts to others. Everyone needs compliments and words of encouragement. Sometimes friends seek direction or ask for advice which we can readily supply through spoken words.

When I first encounter another person, I try to set aside my own agenda and attempt to discover what his or her mindset might be. What is troubling her? What is uppermost on his mind? What concerns does she have? What victories does he long to share? Then my words have the potential to be grace filled gifts.

PRAYER: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you.” — Psalm 19:14

© Peggy Park

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