Yesterday was a difficult day for me as well as a day that brought me great encouragement. It was 8:00am and I was on my way to the dentist to have my teeth cleaned. That is a white knuckle event for me. I am sure that you don’t care to know why so I will not tell you but it is never the way that I want to start my day. My hygienist is a friend and lost her mother to cancer this past year. As she cleaned my teeth she talked of her grief and thanked me for the verse that I had shared with her the last time that I was in. God had used it to minister to her. I didn’t remember sharing a verse with her but was so grateful that she had been blessed and encouraged.
I then had lunch with a friend and we spent a couple of hours talking about our lives, struggles, sons and just enjoying being together. Recently while I was in Cuba I bought some Cuban cigars for my friend. One of the things that he said in his thank-you note to me was “your words of affirmation and sharing God’s word with us are more important and valuable to us than I can possibly communicate”. This was a powerful statement to me and a reminder of some valuable lessons that I continue to struggle to learn.
Lest you think that I have figured out the secret of controlling my tongue, I want to assure you that I have not. It was only a few weeks ago that while trying to be funny I deeply hurt Peggy with my words. I cannot even begin to tell you the number of times that I have hurt another because I was quick rather than slow to speak. Proverbs 29:20 asks “Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him”
I have spent a bit of time reflecting and jotting down thoughts from my day.
- What I say comes from what is in my heart. It is so important that I build God’s word into my life. I cannot share the word of life with others if it is not central to my life. Luke 6:45 “The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.”
- Discipling/mentoring others does not have to mean that I meet with them every week. Sometimes it is simply an encouraging word that points them to Jesus.
- If we are abiding in Christ we will often not know the times that we are a blessing or help to others.