There’s something about a good word!
by Jonathan S Spurlock
(Holts Summit, MO)
When was the last time you heard a good word from a total stranger? This happened to me recently, as I was walking from the parking lot to the building where I’m currently working. There generally isn’t much interaction between pedestrians and drivers or passengers, but this day something different happened.
I was about halfway to the office building when I glanced at a school bus headed in the same direction as I was. The weather was actually pretty nice for the time of year and, sure enough, some of the bus windows were open! I remembered my own days of riding school buses, before obtaining a driver’s license and a car, and hoped the passengers would have a good day.
To my surprise I heard a young person’s voice, saying, “Have a great day, sir!” I instinctively waved in the direction of the bus, and hoped whoever it was who had wished me a good day could see that I heard the message. That doesn’t happen much, these days, but I’m sure glad that student took a moment to wish me a good day. And it was a very good day, indeed!
So, we don’t necessarily have to extend greetings from open windows—the drivers may not appreciate that!—but we can sure take a moment and wish somebody a good day. Solomon wrote “Like cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a distant land (Proverbs 25:25)”. Imagine how much better it would be when the good news comes from even closer!
Who could profit from a good word from you or me today?
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.