Words Matter

“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

~Proverbs 16:24

I haven’t always been known for saying the right thing, or even the kind thing. More than once over the years, I was told that I said what other people were thinking, but didn’t have the guts to say out loud. I took it as a compliment at the time, thinking it meant I was brave and bold enough to speak out when others wouldn’t. I’ve since realized that not every thought that goes through my little blond head needs to come out of my mouth—especially when that thought isn’t kind or loving.

In the last few years, I have consciously sought to make every encounter I have with people a positive one. I want people to walk away from talking to me feeling better than when we started. This applies to Willow and Jody who ring me up at my favorite Target store, and every single person who lets me hug them at Red Rocks Church on Sunday. It definitely applies to my family and friends, but also to those who I meet at parties and work functions.

Words are the framework of life. Our names, our favorite books, a kindness spoken over us at just the right time—all bound by the words that give them voice. How can you use your words today to bring sweetness or healing to someone in your path?

For me, it looks like this: Happy 17th Anniversary to Mike Sparks, the great love of my life! I would marry you again and again.