If you thought your words would be the last earthly thing someone heard, would it make a difference in what you said and how you said it? What do you want the last thing someone you love hears as they leave you? You never know when the last time you see someone will be? Do you want your husband to hear you complaining about the laundry as he walks out the door or I love you and drive safely? Was the last thing your child heard as you tucked them in bed was how tired you were and how you are frustrated that you still had a mound of dishes to do? Or did you kiss your child and tell them how much you loved them and how proud you were of them? Did your last conversation with your best friend end in a disagreement? No matter when or if you see someone again, shouldn’t your last words to them always positive? What if it is the checkout girl at the store, or your co-worker as she leaves the office? Don’t these people deserve our love too? You never know when those words will be just what that person needs to hear or if it will be the last words they hear on this earth.
What about our words at other times? Are you someone who complains a lot and puts people down, or are you someone who praises others and reminds people how special they are to you? Your words to others can give them just the boost they need or can completely crush their spirit.
Proverbs 25:11 states,
A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. NIV
The right word spoken at the right time is as beautiful as gold apples in a silver bowl. NCV
The right word at the right time is like a custom-made piece of jewelry. THE MESSAGE
God wants us to be careful with our words and I have been focusing on that this week.