Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Kind Words

What were the kindest words anyone ever said to you?

I ask, because I am beginning to realize that acting kindly can be learned, and that behaviour can be refined. People "fix" things all the time. We make our houses as nice as we can. We fix our hair and face. We don't just decorate our houses, we continually improve. So it would seem that the same would be true of our attitudes and actions. I am not talking about flattery. I don't like flattery and neither does God.

I would like to concentrate on words, kind, uplifting, words. I would like to learn how to respond to something I disagree with amiably and with no hint of phariseeism and hypocrisy. Anybody good at that? I also know that just keeping my mouth shut is another good way to go; ) I would like to know how to offer words of consolation.

So, I guess the question is, "What would Jesus say?"


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I do not know if you were wanting answers to your opening question, but an answer came to mind, so I thought I'd share it. I teach 1st grade and one thing that constantly amazes me is when a child says "thank you" without prompting. I had one child last year that thanked me for everything - even when I handed her her school papers! The other thing is a compliment. Now, I know we as adults are conscious of timing, but a few weeks back I was giving my class instructions and we were under a major time-crunch, so I was a little tense feeling inside. One of my students raised her hand and I didn't want to answer because of time, but I called on her and she sweetly said, "I like your earrings." It completely made my tense feeling go away. I said, "Well, thank you!" It was a good lesson for me. It was sweet, and as an adult we'd think it might be a bad time, but the Lord taught me the power of a positive word! ~Jolene