Following this weeks theme, today we are reminded that we sometimes say things without thinking and then upset people. By being more careful with what we say, we can be generous to others.
Act 17: Sticks and Stones
Ever caught yourself saying something that sounded nothing like you? Then stood shocked as you thought, ‘Did I really say that?’ We get over-familiar with our words, and sometimes miss the impact they have on people. So, we’re doing a review. What words do you find yourself using more than you realise? How can you flip the vocabulary table over to generosity?
Choose how you’ll complete today’s act:
Write some sincere, kind Post-its to put around the workplace or at home. Or, write one to someone specific, with words and compliments that mean something and show them they matter.
Set a target to encourage everyone you talk with today. Everyone. This might actually be easier than you think – if you just choose to prioritise encouraging words whenever you speak to others, it will come naturally.
Take a difficult check on your own language. Look for moments where your words or tone aren’t generous. Ask those around you, or your 40acts buddy, to review how you speak, encouraging them to be completely honest.
“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”
(James 3:9–10 NIV)