As some of you know, our son, Taylor, got married this past weekend. Joe and his wife, Ali, had planned on flying down to Texas with my parents to celebrate as a family. Due to some health and other circumstances, my folks and Ali ended up not being able to come.
I texted Joe, asking if he was still planning on coming, assuring him I understood if he chose not to, since it's not too fun to travel alone! To tell you the truth, I was really hoping he would come, but was prepared for him to decide to stay home.
His return text to me was this..."I wouldn't miss it!"
Tears immediately came to my eyes. These four words and the exclamation point at the end lit up my heart like the sunniest of days!
He could have simply responded with..."Yea, I'm gonna go ahead and come." or "Yes, I'm coming." These would have been perfectly acceptable and fine, but I think my heart would have held a question, "does he really want to be here."
But his simple response spoke so much more than he was coming! His words screamed to me...
- I WANT to be there!
- It is very important to me!
- YOU are very important to me!
- I LOVE YOU!
I'm pretty sure Joe had no idea the impact of his response. I tried to express it to him, but I'm not sure I did an adequate job.
It has made me think about my own words. My own responses to people. Do my words have impact in a positive way? Am I being intentional about my words?
Ephesians 4:29 (NIV) says this...
"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. "
Here's the thing. It has to become an intentional part of our life...making our words count. Our words may not be hurtful or ugly, but I am asking the Lord to make my words helpful and impactful, "building others up according to their needs"...like Joe's were to me that day.
We don't know what someone needs at any given moment...but He does. And if we make our mouth, whether through speaking words out loud or over a text or email, available to God to use...think of the positive impact our words could be to others.
It's certainly something to think about!