My friend was out in her yard yesterday. God laid me on her heart. A word kept coming into her thoughts and she took it as a word from God for me. The word?
I like that word. I like its application for me these days. I was part of an effort to bring a prayer conference to our community several years ago. As we prayed for it in the beginning phase, we had gathered in my home. Windows were open in the spring. We prayed that God would bring a fresh wind into our community through this prayer conference. The wind blew in just that moment of uttering those words. I got Holy Spirit goose bumps! We called the conference, “Fresh Wind,” as a result of that day’s breeze blowing in during our prayer time.
I’m all about “fresh”.
The fact that The Fresh Market is coming to our city has me salivating like Pavlov’s dog. When I drove by to see their progress the other day, I seriously contemplated taking my picture with the construction crew. I was excited about their progress! Too, we were all in hats…their hats were more practical for their work. Mine was more pretty for running errands. But I digress. I like fresh sheets, fresh bread, fresh vegetables, fresh coffee, fresh air, a fresh perspective, and a fresh word from the Word. The latter beats all the former hands down any day, though!
The day my friend shared this word came after a week of some interesting conversations for me. People mean well but sometimes the words said are just stale and lifeless in a situation. Fresh words for me offer life and hope. Stale words are just not thought through before pronounced. Many times, stale words impart hopelessness, doubt, and despair into a person.
So, I made sure to offer my friend some fresh words of encouragement for being outside and talking with God about me.
She was useful on a Monday to speak fresh words of hope and life. It made the first day of the week not so bad. It was a fresh start, a new beginning.
It made me stop and think about the number of times I have said lifeless words ignorantly to someone. I don’t think we realize we are being this way most of the time. We just spew out whatever comes to mind without weighing how are words could be received by someone. We do it innocently, true, many times. I know I need to consult God on this. I need to get His word on this subject. It’s a steadfast word yet it’s still fresh.
What does God say about our words? See Proverbs 15:28 from the New Living Translation. See my emphasis.
“The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.”
How am I to live in light of this?
1. Forgive the ones who spoke intentionally or ignorantly. Don’t take it so personally. Move on.
2. Really think before I speak. Sometimes in my haste to take part in a conversation, I am wasting words that mean absolutely nothing to the hearer, or I speak words that may be harmful to them because I may be so interested in my own agenda to say something that I am not considering the context of the conversation or the circumstances of the person’s life.
Fresh. That’s a good word. Let’s be about speaking things that are fresh. Let’s be about imparting life and hope. Let’s think before we speak. That’s a fresh thought!