Brandy, Addy, and Grace,
“Kind words do not cost much, yet they accomplish much. – Blaise Pascal (the Geometry guy)
The of use and effect of kind words in relationships is amazing. I think the most common occasions I use them are (or try to remember to use them):
- Acknowledging – When we recognize the efforts of others with kind words, it helps them realize that their efforts don’t go unnoticed, and it makes them want to do even better.
- Encouraging – When we support others in hardship with kind words, it can help them see a better future and take one more step forward.
- Correcting & Turning Away Anger – When we use kind words to help someone see their error or turn from anger, it shows that we empathize with their situation and care more about them than we do about being right or seeking punishment.
My Girls, I Hope and Pray that you will always use kind words to build up and care for the people God brings into your life. I know that frustration (especially with those you love) will push you to your limits at times, but I encourage you to always ask yourself a question before you speak, “How would Jesus respond to this situation?” Answering that question correctly (and doing what the answer requires) will save you and those around you a lot of heartache (I’m speaking from experience there).
Challenge Question: Who needs some kind words TODAY?