Day 3: 21 Days to More Godly Communication

Day 3 of my “21 Days to More Godly Communication” comes from Proverbs.
“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” -Proverbs 16:24

It doesn’t take much to make someone’s day. And what may require only a little effort on our part could be a lifeline to that person! After a hard day, a smile can soothe, a kind word can calm, a gracious gesture can restore. Isn’t it worth the few seconds it takes to a sweet soul who might be in need?

We’re all busier than ever these days which is why that little effort means even more.

Negative communication travels faster and farther than positive communication by a factor of 10! If someone has received bad customer service, no matter how busy they are, they will tell someone about their experience. No matter what might be pressing at home, he will find the time to get back on the phone and complain to the manager. Regardless of plans, he will take whatever time necessary to write an email to that individual who wronged him. But how often do we see a post sharing a good experience. We always think, well, I just don’t have the time to write an email to his boss telling him how happy I was with the customer service I received. I’m just too busy to spend time writing a letter to thank someone for that event. I’m booked, I can’t justify spending time to tell someone I like what they are doing. Besides, it’s his job. He should do it well!

Oh… see now, you fell into the trap. This is why the Lord tells us how important our kind word can be to someone.

How much effort does it take to smile at the old man crossing the street? How much time does it really take to dash off an email telling Joan that she did a great job hosting that party last week. How much trouble would it be to take a moment to acknowledge a blogger for his post? How much would it cost you to share your positive experiences with Connie the Customer Service Rep with her boss?

Now consider how much it might mean to Connie? Perhaps Connie is struggling to make ends meet. Maybe she is missing her son who she has to leave with a babysitter each day. Suppose her boss is wrestling with a decision to lay someone off? Your little two line email to him might save Connie’s job and her son’s happiness.

There was a story I heard years ago about a schoolboy who felt like an outsider. He didn’t have many friends. This particular day another boy noticed him, flashed a smile and helped him pick up his books that he had dropped. It took only a minute. After that, the two began spending time and eventually became close friends. At graduation, the one boy revealed to his long time friend that, on that day so long ago now that he had helped him pick up his books, he had decided to kill himself. His mind was changed in an instant by the random act of kindness shown him by this boy. I don’t know if this story is true, but the lesson is! You never know what good will come of taking a few moments to communicate to someone that you appreciate them.

God put us here to be salt and light in a dark world. With these random acts of kindness, we make a difference in someone’s life. We build someone’s confidence. We we show the world we are His Children.

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JoJo Tabares holds a degree in Speech Communication, but it is her humorous approach to communication skills which has made her a highly sought-after Christian speaker and writer. Her articles appear in homeschool publications, such as Homeschool Enrichment Magazine and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, which also endorses her Say What You Mean curricula. You can also find JoJo on web sites such as Crosswalk.com and Dr.Laura.com. For more information on communication FUNdamentals and Christian-based communication studies for the whole family, please visit http://www.ArtofEloquence.com

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