Did you know that your words can be like refreshing spring rain to someone in need? So this verse from Job instructs us. I know that I sure have experienced this truth. Yesterday, I was remembering a moment in my life from long ago when I did so. It happened going on thirty years ago, when I was a teenager living in Tucson, AZ. It sticks out in my memory as a living example of this expression of Job’s.
The backstory of that moment is that I am a typical firstborn. I have tended to put a lot of pressure on myself to be the best that I can be. Over the years, my Abba has patiently worked with me, teaching me not to beat myself up for perceived imperfection in myself. However, when I was a teen, I had not learned much yet in that regard. I was often quite intense with the expectations I put on myself.
During that season of my life, there was a brother at my church named Craig. He did not know me very well. In fact, in all the years we went to the same church, I only remember a single, brief conversation with him. It’s the one that comes into our story today. One day, he looked at me and said, “I believe that God wants to tell you not to be so hard on yourself.” I remember the grace and kindness that I could see in his eyes when he shared this. That was pretty much the whole conversation. He said nothing more, and neither did I.
But his words went right into my heart. They resonated beautifully as being a true message from God for me. They were a refreshing drink of water. I drank them in, and Holy Spirit began to work in my heart through them.
I don’t know what became of Craig, but all these years later I still remember what he said to me. I also remember the way the moment felt. I remember the impact just one sentence spoken with the love of the Father had on my heart.
A kind word shared in His name… what power it releases for good! Remember that today, as you move through the interactions before you. One sentence with the breath of God on it can mark someone for life. Never underestimate the impact you might be having on someone in the next twenty-four hours, simply by following the gentle nudges of the Holy Spirit to speak His truth in love. The words from your mouth may just be the refreshing drink they were thirsting for.
Do you have a specific memory from years ago, of a kind word that left an indelible mark on your heart?