Thursday, August 18, 2011

Kind Words Can Be Short and Easy to Speak, But Their Echoes are Truly Endless

Many years ago a famous singer was contracted to perform at a Paris opera house.  The event was sold out in a matter of days.  The entire city was abuzz with anticipation.  That night the hall was packed with stately dressed men and women eager to hear the much admired musician.  The house manager took the stage and announced, "Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your enthusiastic support.  I am afraid that due to illness, the woman whom you've all come to hear will not be performing tonight, however, we have found a suitable substitute we hope will provide you with comparable entertainment."

The crowd groaned so loudly in its disappointment that few heard the singer's name.  Frustration replaced excitement in the hall.  The stand-in singer gave everything she had, but when her performance was over she was met with an uncomfortable silence rather than applause.  Then, from the balcony a child stood up and shouted, "Mommy, I think you are wonderful!"

Once in a while we all need to hear somebody say, "I think you are wonderful."  Why not be the person who gives that kind word of encouragement today!

She opens her mouth with skillful and godly
Wisdom and in her tongue is the law of kindness--giving counsel and instruction.
Proverbs 31:26

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