© Jeanne E Webster
Proverb 31:26 “She opens her mouth with wisdom; her tongue is the law of kindness.”
Good morning and may you be comforted in the knowledge that God loves you and watches over you. The weather here has swapped its fall light jacket for a return to its short sleeve shirt feature. Near 80° today, a pleasant day for finishing fall chores outdoors perhaps? We’re plucking tomatoes off the vines and cutting gorgeous roses from our climbers out back. Don’t have the heart to tell them both that their time to shine is a bit past. Oh, well, they will sense it soon, as surely as my body definitely recognizes its advance towards the 71 year mark.
The proverb today came to mind when I was overtaken with a craving to refund a snitty for snatty. Do you ever catch that modus operandi making for a hasty leap onto your pages of life before you’ve even given it a thought? Only a listening ear for that all too familiar whisper of God will rescue you from a nasty fall from grace.
“Wisely choose your words,” it exhorts us. Yes, Father, I shall. However, I need a few seconds, rather, minutes to spit these despicable expressions down the drain that you see hanging from my lower lip. I thought I had flushed those years ago. Really. Sorry.
“Speak kindly words that are sufficient for the time and place.” Yes, Father, I hear you. Kindly is a choice word: Friendly, caring, gentle, compassionate, and more. Nice. All are well-spoken and fit for a king, or a child of the king. Hey, that’s me! I am His child. Amen.
I suddenly realized that kindly is how I want to be treated, and by returning snatty with a kindness . . . well, that takes away the sting, the pain, the chance of misunderstanding, and the further lowering of respect for that person about to receive my snitty in return. That’s how my Father expects me to live.
I’m surely glad my Father whispers to me! He loves me, this I know . . . for the Bible tells me so.
An afternoon and evening of kindly phrases and praises to you all.