After a little writers block, I’m back with a new post, inspired by a trip to the supermarket! What I want to talk about is words, and how they can impact our lives, both negatively and positively.
Words are powerful things, and if used carelessly, could break someone apart. Christians, and non-believers, have used words to hurt. We’re all guilty of it, even me. But we need to be careful, and to watch our tongues, because every word we say could have the power to give death, or life.
I like to take chances where I can sow a seed in someone’s life. Giving them a glimpse of Christ, so they may see Him in me, and that’s what happened today. I want to share a short story, nothing glamorous, not even a testimony really, but it had power like no testimony could give. I’ve done this quite a few times now, at a few different places, and it’s complimenting people, particularly girls.
So we were at the Brisbane Myer centre, and it was around eleven, so we went to Coles to grab a snack. While in there I saw this beautiful girl going through the vegetable section. She passed me once, but I didn’t say anything. We walked around for another five minutes (on the search for Stevia!), and I didn’t see her again. Well, the Stevia wasn’t anywhere around the left side of the store, so we went back around, and there, down the exact aisle we needed to go, was the girl. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous, but I wanted to tell her she was beautiful. I hesitated for a moment and stood beside her. Then, I took the leap! I said, “Excuse me, I’m sorry if this is a bit strange, but I think you look lovely, and I wanted to say hi.” It actually wasn’t that hard! She replied with a huge smile, and her whole face just lit up. I shook her hand, gave her my name (not sure why I did, since I probably won’t see her again, unless the Lord puts her in my path) and she gave me hers.
The other times I complimented girls were at the Brisbane Roma street Parklands, (that was two girls together!) and at another supermarket with my cousin. But that’s not what I want to talk about, what I want to talk about is how my words just changed her countenance around. The girl at Coles wasn’t looking too cheerful to begin with, but when I gave her that compliment, it was like something exploded inside of her, and it made me feel amazing as well! A man on Pastor Bob Beeman’s channel said that when he complimented a girl, she was like an old flower suddenly blooming. That’s what it looked like with that girl today.
Another funny thing that happened concerning the girl was that when we headed off, Mom told me she had turned around and watched, and she said, “You know, when I saw you talking to that girl, I knew the Lord was standing beside you.”
I had just planted a seed in that girl’s life.
As followers of Christ, we need to lift each other up, and edify one another. And I believe, that as men, we should be letting women know how beautiful, precious, and worthy they are, because they really are.
I want to share another story I remember from around seven years ago. It was in Laidely, a small town near our hometown, Rosewood. Mom was in a health store (it wasn’t actually a store, more of a house where a woman sold health food) and my brother and I went walking with our friend Sandy (she’s in her sixties if you’re wondering, and is one of the best friends I’ve ever had). We walked with the tracks, since a train line sat to the right, directly before the houses. A little up the hill sat a man, standing before the tracks. Sandy passed him, smiled, and said hello. The man smiled back, and we walked away, leaving him still standing. On the way back, the man stopped us and he said, “You know, I was just about to jump in front of that train today, but you’ve shown me that there is still love in the world. There’s still some hope.”
I was young at the time, and kids never listen to adult conversations, but when we got back, and Sandy gave the story, I listened, and it has stuck with me for all these years.
Words are a powerful thing, and it’s true when the Bible says that life and death are in the power of the tongue. Words saved that man’s life and made that girl’s day. Go out and, not only walk in the love of Christ, speak in it as well.