Our words to others can be a weapon or a soothing comfort. “A gentle answer turns away rage, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).
Every day, we come into contact with people. We can use words to bless them. Asking the grocery store checkout person a simple question like, “How is work going today?” may show them you care. Make a point of taking your business back to the same place, so you can develop a relationship with that person. Next time, ask how their day is going in a different way. They will see that you really want to know. Be sensitive – if they are busy, just give a warm smile and say thank you. If no other customers are around, you may have the opportunity to get a little deeper. End by asking, “Can I pray for you about that?” And then on your way back to the office, really pray.
Take the opportunity to be nice to that phone customer feedback person. It’s easy to cut them off, because we all have limited time. But remember that they are human too. Your warm words may be the best part of their day.
Build into your daily routines opportunities to bless people. When you go to the bank, take the extra time to go inside, rather than using the drive-through window. Go inside to get your fast food. It might take you an extra three minutes, but you’ll have the opportunity to talk with someone.
Comment on just one person’s blog today. Put an encouraging word there. Take a few minutes to come up with a really thoughtful response.
When your kid gets home from school, stop what you’re doing and really ask them about their day. “What was the best thing that happened today?”