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Read the Pastor's Weekly Devotional Column

You can always depend on God to show up wherever you. He comes to us in the little things and Pastor Cal reminds you to look for the clues.

                                                                    Wonderful Words of Life!

Dear Friends,

 

Words are powerful. The Bible opens with the image of God speaking a word and the whole creation springs forth. We innately understand their power. Words can be tools to build up. A word of encouragement or love can bolster a person’s self-worth and launch them into a lifetime of accomplishment. Words can also be used to crush and destroy.

The problem with words is that they are so easily thrown around. Years ago, I was in the play, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” There were times when I couldn't remember a line so I would just make something up. That led to problems. Why? The scripted words were chosen to create the mood, and were perfect to get the point across.

There is an old adage that says, "Engage brain before speaking!" I think we need to be more careful with the words we use. We need to think before we speak. We need to be more considerate in the things we say to one another. And we need to be quick to apologize if our words have caused pain or hurt unintentionally.

Social media has done a lot to exacerbate the problem. People feel free to say the first thing that comes to mind. Too many comments and posts pass through the normal filters of public conversations without thoughtful consideration. Words are spewed and comments are rattled off in machine gun fashion without a thought of how they will be received.

We've just celebrated the fourth of July, Independence Day. I am writing today to encourage you to use your freedom to choose words that will help build up those around you. Share words of encouragement, appreciation, love and admiration. Use your freedom to listen to people. Then share words that will uplift and encourage those you meet.

How much does it cost to tell someone you love to see their smiling face? How much does it cost to thank someone for what they've done for you? How much does it cost to let someone know you appreciate the fact that they were thinking of you? The answer is very little and it will only come back to bless you. Focus on the good in people and you will be much happier.

When we look at Jesus, the living Word of God, we see that he went about building up and restoring the fallen. He came bringing words of grace. His only words of condemnation came with a reproach to those who were intentionally trying to knock down others. That's how I want to live my life. I want to follow Jesus' example and be an encourager. The world already has enough critics.

That's why I began writing this column. It was meant to be a blessing to those who are trying to live out their faith in a world that tries to beat us down. I've been blessed in doing so. In the Book of Proverbs it says, “Cast your bread out upon the water and it will return to you.” Sow seeds of kindness and we will reap kindness in return.  

Maybe that great theologian, “Thumper,” was right when he said, “If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all!”

See You In Church.

Pastor Cal

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