“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” Proverbs 25:11 (ESV)
Knowing the right thing to say at the right time is a gift—and a skill. To the one who receives those right words at the right time—the words themselves are a gift. I have been the recipient of “fitly spoken words” many times. In fact, the other day I texted a friend and asked her to pray for me about a specific need. Immediately she typed out her prayer for me. It was perfectly appropriate and I was deeply touched. I printed it off and have it close by so that I can re-read her words of encouragement.
Whether it’s congratulatory remarks upon completion of a difficult project; words of encouragement to one who is struggling and hurting; or even a gentle reprimand when needed, our words can be a lifeline.
No one likes to be criticized. As a mom of teenagers, I often find myself delivering exactly that. And then I catch myself, offer apologies and ask for forgiveness for my impatience and lack of understanding.
Years ago, Florence Littauer wrote a book titled Silver Boxes. She talks about the impact our words have on those around us. It’s been many years since I read it, but I’ll never forget the visual she used: Our words should be a gift, with a bow on top. It was so impactful that I made my own as a reminder. Eventually, though, I put it away.
As a child who was never offered a silver box I can totally relate to how precious a gift this is. My own children were showered daily with gift boxes of silver…I became the mother I wished had been my own. LOVE this subtle reminder and so wish there were others who fully understood how precious these gifts really are! Thanks for sharing!
Dianne Thornton says
Thank you for that. We need encouragement from one another!
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