Even in hard times, you can make a difference in the lives of others by giving away word gifts. And the best thing about them? They are free!
Here are three kinds of words that make great gifts any time of the year:
1. A Soft Word
A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger (Proverbs 15:1, NKJV).
It’s amazing what a soft, gentle word can do. It has the power not only to diffuse an angry argument; it can even help to melt a stony heart. Who do you know that needs the gift of a soft word today?
2. A Wise Word
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing (Proverbs 12:18 NIV).
A reckless, thoughtless word cuts to the quick and wounds. But look what a wise word can do! It can actually bring healing to someone. What a powerful gift! Who do you know that needs a wise, healing word today?
3. A Good Word
Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad (Proverbs 12:25, NKJV).
Your Words Matter
Do your words really matter? As a greeting card writer and an author, I can offer a hearty “Yes!” May I tell you personally how the words of others affect me? When someone reads a blog I wrote and tells me how it blessed them, that encourages me!
When a reader buys my book and writes a review that expresses what it meant to them, that blesses me–and anyone who reads it! (And I would love it if you have read my newest book and would write a review. 🙂 )
And when someone sends me a card or tells me they are praying for me, (in good times or in challenging times), that lets me know how much they care.
Yesterday, a friend from a former church sent me a message about how our lives had blessed them. That word gift lifted my spirits immediately.
And I love to do those things for others too. In fact, that’s a major reason why I write. To bless and encourage others with word gifts!
Your words do impact others. You can speak a good word to someone who is going through a hard time, and truly encourage them! Know anyone who is depressed or anxious today? Give them the great gift of a good word!
Give Away Word Gifts Today
Have you seen anyone doing a good job? Tell them so!
Do you know someone who is hurting? Give them a call, or go visit them. Send an encouraging note or card.
Know anyone who is uptight or argumentative? Listen patiently, but answer softly.
Have you noticed someone who models a good character trait like friendliness, honesty, or loyalty? Give them a great gift: a good word, and tell them how much you admire that.
Our Word Gifts Make a Difference
Soft, wise, and good, positive word gifts always make a difference–in us–and in the ones we give them to. It’s just one small way of bringing compassion and beauty into the lives of others.
Here are two other posts on the power of words: Five Words That Can Change Your Life and the Lives of Others and How to Speak Words of Life.
Encouragement for You
Would you like to know how much God wants to encourage you? Whether it’s encouragement, peace, hope, forgiveness, or comfort–whatever you need–your faithful heavenly Father longs for you to come to Him. You can find out more about His incredible love and faithfulness and how much He cares about you in Day-votions® with Your Faithful Father, 90 Days with the One Who Wants to Meet All Your Needs.
It’s Your Turn
What word gifts will you give away this week? What kind of word gifts has someone given you? You can always write me through my contact page. Just fill out the basic name and address info, and then the email will come to me. Your name or info will never be shared with anyone without your permission.
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