“MAMA, WHAT DID YOU SAY?”
While preparing, Danielle was already dressed for the day in her school uniform. Her Mum looked at her and said: “You look beautiful”. Guess what my daughter said? She said, “Mama, what did you say?” When her mum said it, she would repeat the question and add, “Again”. I was indoors and I smiled as I listened to their conversation.
When last did you intentionally give a compliment? When was the last time you spoke kind words? The pressure of the season must never rob you of a great heart full of great words.
Solomon puts it this way in the book of Proverbs: The right word at the right time is like a custom-made piece of jewellery…
One of the unique things you must trust God for is the grace to speak the right words at the right time.
One of the times that you will be tempted to speak the wrong words is a moment of anger or displeasure at home, work or even on the road and at times in church. This is what your response should be:
“Respond gently when you are confronted and you’ll defuse the rage of another. Responding with sharp, cutting words will only make it worse. Don’t you know that being angry can ruin the testimony of even the wisest of men?” Proverbs 15:1 TPT
Your words can open or shut doors. Right words are powerful. The Syrophenician woman had the right words when Jesus said to her that the bread meant for children should not be given to dogs. Her words were simple, “Yes Lord but even the dogs eat from the crumbs that fall off the table”. She got what she wanted.
Do not let your mouth keep you on the same spot. Keep silent in moments of pressure till you find the right words.
There are words you will speak that people will want to hear you speak again and again. There are professionals who have not heard kind words ever before on their jobs. Be conscious and make a difference.
The words you speak say more about who you are than the person you are addressing. Speak words of life. Speak graceful words. Speak words that build up others.
Hear this: “Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out. Colossians 4:6 MSG
And then this: Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak]. EPHESIANS 4:29 AMP
May you enjoy the right words at the right time. Amen.