"Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up." Proverbs 12:25 NIV
Earlier this week, when stopping for my coffee, I had something happen that has brought me joy all week long. As I approached the cashier to pay, I began the usual peasantry exchange, "How are you?" I asked. The young man's response floored me; with a beautiful wide grin, he replied, "I'm amazing! How are you?" His smile, enthusiasm, and sincerity assured me that indeed he was amazing, and he truly was concerned for my well-being. There is no way of knowing how many people he replied to this same way, but I can assure you that he positively touched everyone he came into contact with.
We have the real power to do good with our words. To speak kindly to each other, even that stranger we may never see again, can make a difference in their day. In addition to friendly exchanges and words of kindness, we have something much more to offer; the good news of Jesus Christ. We have a responsibility to share this joy with others. I'm not talking about preaching a sermon to folks, but what if, in greetings, we add God; "By the grace of God, I'm well (or amazing also)." or "Have a wonderful day. God bless."
We have multiple opportunities each day to share the kindness and goodness of God. Let us not waste a single chance to lift the hearts of those we encounter.
God, we give you thanks for your many gifts. Help us today to share your kindness and goodness with everyone we meet. May every word we speak reflect your Spirit in us. May our encounters, no matter how brief, cheer their hearts. We pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.