Knowing my week would involve a couple of alligator wrestling matches, dealing with a cantankerous heater, some insurance company nonsense and a couple of cranky old coots, God sent numerous blessings my way last week in the form of encouraging words…
—There was the kind word spoken by one of my spiritual shepherds following last Sunday morning’s worship gathering, which affirmed not only the message I had just spoken but, also, what I felt was the Holy Spirit’s inner working in my life which brought this message to life.
—There were many words of affirmation in the comments section of this blog, along with an unusually high number of soul-stirring, spirit-boosting off-blog comments via e-mail.
—And, there were the kind words spoken by one of my best friends as we arrived at the church for mid-week Bible study last Wednesday evening. He encourages me almost as often as he makes me laugh. Both are a blessing.
—There was also a letter that arrived in yesterday’s mail from the chairman of a task force from St. Peter’s Church in Lewes, Delaware (the first town in the first state), for whom I taught disaster preparedness last Saturday. She went the extra mile to express her appreciation for the presentation. How nice!
—There was the sunny and delightful card I just received expressing appreciation for a series of lessons I am teaching. What made it so special is not just the thoughtfulness of the sender, but the wide-open-ness of this person’s heart.
All of this reminded me of Proverbs 16:24…
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
My life has really been blessed by encouraging words. Has yours? I hope we are all looking for ways that we can use our words to sweeten the lives of others, as well as bring healing to those who are struggling. Lives will be blessed. God will be glorified!
© Bill Williams