Thursday, April 3, 2014

Following the Example



Ephesians 4:39 (NLT)
Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

I was paid the sweetest compliment yesterday.  The cashier at the Walmart in Chattanooga and I chatted about my visit to the area, my lack of a Boston accent and the proper way to pronounce ‘oil’.  As I signed for my purchase he said “you’re rather pleasant.”  Was that a compliment or a jab at Bostonians?  I took it as a compliment.  My kids would say it’s the Alger Way.  My parents embarrassed us as teenagers by making strangers into friends everywhere.  I’m just following tradition.

The gentleman continued by explaining that he used to just think those things, but has begun saying them to people.  He said “you never know what that might do for a person.”  I agreed that we should never miss an opportunity to lift someone up.

How ‘bout we all lift someone up today?  (I’m acquiring a bit of a Southern twang after 5 days here.)

How has someone’s words made an impact on your spirit?

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