Encouraging Those Around You
Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the mind and healing to the body. - Proverbs 16:24
Are you an encourager? Are your words pleasant and cheerful when you enter a room? Do you find yourself talking mostly to yourself, or do you focus on the other person in the conversation? The tongue is a powerful thing. Words can encourage or discourage, build up or tear down. As you go throughout your day today, seek to be one whose words are healing to the body and sweet to the mind as the writer of Proverbs describes. If you are in the workplace, take time to greet your coworkers with a genuine, "Good morning." Be sure to truly listen for an answer when you use the phrase "How are you?" rather than moving on as if your question were rhetorical. You will find that while kind words encourage the person who receives them, speaking them to others will also bless you. You will feel good knowing that you have lifted someone's spirits or shared in their sorrow. You will begin to focus on others rather than going on about your own problems or plans. It has been said that conversation is an art. Hone your conversation skills this week. Speak words of encouragement, words of life that remind the hearer he or she is special to you, and more importantly, to God.
Father, help me to speak life today. May my words be pleasant, sweet, and healing. May my conversations be pleasing to You. Amen.