6/02/2012

Kind Words Spoken

I love Bob Goff. And I don't mean that in a general "I love tacos" kind of way. I mean genuine love. Is it possible to love someone you've never met? Sure it is. The truth is this: I may have never met Bob in person, but through his twitter feed (link above) and book, Love Does, he has had a deep impact on my life.

This past Friday, as I was reading a chapter from the book on how words can impact us, I came across this quote:
"Words spoken by kind people have the ability to endure in our lives."
 This reminded me of something that happened early last year.

I had been interviewing for a position at a church and had made it through several rounds. In fact, I had made it so far, that the senior pastor shook my hand and said that he believed that I was the man for the job. There was just one hurdle left. I had a final interview with another committee.

I had been told beforehand that the committee were concerned at my relationship status (single) and didn't think that a single person could minister to students of both genders. So I prepared a presentation before the meeting.

When asked for my ministry philosophy, I explained the Purpose Driven paradigm. When asked about ministering to girls, I talked about the importance of recruiting, training, supervising, and encouraging adult female volunteer leaders to minister to them. Well, long story short, they didn't hire me.

A few days later, after I found out, I called my mentor. He asked how it went and I told him all about it. I finished with, "You would have been so proud of me."

What he said next has stuck with me ever since. He said, "I've always been proud of you."

Here's the truth: words are powerful. They can be used to build and they can be used to destroy. They can be used to hurt and they can be used to heal. When we're not careful with them, there's a greater chance of their effect being one that is damaging. In my case, my mentor's words were medication given at the perfect time, and they helped me recover from a powerful blow.

It was like getting to peek behind the curtain and see a little bit more of what God's love is actually like.

Challenge: Be intentional about your words today. Purposefully speak kind words to someone. You never know if they might be in need of some good medication.

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