In these times of economic crisis, bank accounts may downsize, along with gift giving. But there’s one gift that’s always great to give–a word gift. And the best thing about it–it’s free!
Here are three kinds of great word gifts, anytime of the year:
1. A Soft Word
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 impact others! You can actually speak a good word to someone who is going through a hard time, and truly lift their spirits! Know anyone who is depressed or anxious today? Give them the great gift of a good word!
Give a Word Gift 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 well, but answer softly. Have you noticed someone who exemplies 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.
If you haven’t read one of Darrell Scott’s books about his daughter Rachel Scott, one of the victims of the Columbine killings, find a copy and read it. Rachel touched more people in her death than she ever could in her life, simply because of her simple code of ethics that included trust, compassion, and beauty–finding a way to make others feel special. “Rachel’s Challenge” is continuing to make a difference in schools around the country.
Our Words 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.
What word gifts will you give away this week? What kind of word gifts has someone given you?