Last week, a friend called to see if I wanted to split the labor on getting a large pasture in shape for hay production. After having so little hay this past winter, I immediately took him up on this generous offer.
He had already sprayed the pasture so the Bermuda grass wouldn’t be competing with weeds. My job was to shred.
Yesterday morning, as I began shredding the pasture, a man walked out of a nearby house towards the tractor. I shut everything down and climbed off the tractor to introduce myself. That’s when I noticed something strange.
The man walking towards me had a pistol tucked in the very front of his pants, which is pretty much the last place anyone should ever carry a loaded gun. He was also drinking from a large can of beer.
We introduced ourselves and he told me the history of the property. His words were punctuated with some very graphic, profane language. It was clear he was an expert in the art of cussing. He ended the conversation by saying, “I need to get another beer. You have a good day.” I said, “I hope you have a blessed day.”
The moment I wished him a blessed day, everything changed. His hard demeanor evaporated and with a great deal of emotion, he responded, “God bless you.” Then he walked back to the house and I didn’t see him for the rest of the day. This got me thinking.
Life is hard for a lot of people. And while I don’t know much of this man’s story, I do know that some of his past choices were harmful.
In a world filled with pain and regret, the smallest gesture of wishing someone a blessed day can make all the difference. People need to be reminded that God is here and God is good.
Solomon said, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” (Proverbs 12:25)
Today, be intentional about using your words to lighten someone’s burden. It truly matters.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, I pray my words bring peace, healing, and love to those in need. Fill my mind with wisdom, my heart with grace, and my mouth with words of compassion . In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Never underestimate the power of comforting words to those who suffer.
Now, back to the gun tucked in the front of pants thing – DON’T.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.