“Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone."
For my 28th birthday this year, I decided to do “28 Planned Acts of Kindness.” I had tasks such as “compliment a stranger,” “talk to a homeless person” and, “let someone finish talking without interrupting them.”
Those three acts are what stood out to me the most because they were the most difficult. I wasn’t donating food and clothes or paying for someone’s coffee. I wasn’t even volunteering at an after school program tutoring 3rd graders. The most challenging and nerve-wracking acts I struggled with most were specifically linked to talking.
I had to be mindful of the exact words I was going to say. I didn’t want my words to be too aggressive or insincere because that stranger might take what I say the wrong way. Luckily, the people I approached were extremely responsive and grateful for what I had said to them. It was surprising to see the gratitude I received from them just by using my words carefully and cautiously. You would’ve thought I told them they won the lottery!
It’s easy to forget that our words are equally just as important as our actions. It is no coincidence that all of the world’s leaders, good or bad, were great speakers. We can still remember the words of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and John F. Kennedy. Their words had the power to inspire a whole nation’s revolution. Most importantly, we still recall and are guided by the words used in the Bible. We read the words of Jesus and we are instantly uplifted, empowered and encouraged. We pray and ask God for guidance and direction and we try to listen to the words He is telling us so that we may live a life God would be proud of. Ephesians 5:15 says, “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.”
Our words are just as powerful and meaningful as our actions – their impact is endless. Now I ask myself before speaking, would God approve of my words?
How will you use your words today?
Liz Matunog is just 2 days away from her 28th birthday when she wrote this devotion. Her 28 Planned Acts of Kindness was a great distraction from all the stress that involved moving as this will be her 9th time moving within the New York City area. She believes that finding this apartment was a birthday gift from God and she doesn’t have any plans of moving in the next 10+ years.