Sony’s Thoughts: A Word Fitly Spoken

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Proverbs 25:11).

It’s been a while since I’ve written about the importance of encouragement but it’s still something that burns in my heart. As I see people who are struggling, who need a friend, who are fighting depression, I can’t help but think that, if more of us were quick to give them a kind word or a compliment, it would overturn the negativity in their lives. As the song says, “A kind word never goes unheard but too often goes unsaid.” Why is that?

I think we’ve become too self-focused to notice those around us but often the greatest way to receive the encouragement we need is to pass some encouragement on to others. There’s nothing that brightens my day more than to know I’ve helped to brighten someone else’s. When I don’t think I’m accomplishing that is when I find myself becoming discouraged. Reaching out and getting your focus off yourself really does work.

Ask God who He’s placed in your life to receive encouragement from you. Then don’t be afraid to reach out and fulfill your purpose in that relationship. I guarantee you you will leave that encounter with a spring in your step and a song on your heart as you thank God for His faithfulness.


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  1. I remember something Rich Mullins once said about his father—he said that during his lifetime, his father assumed that his family knew he loved them. He didn’t really take the time to say that in so many words. In other words, he left a lot of things unsaid—and by the time he was old and dying, it was too late to say them all.

    You never know what tomorrow will hold—it might be your last day on earth. We should remember that and say what needs to be said now, today, before it’s too late.

  2. Sony, you wrote “… often the greatest way to receive the encouragement we need is to pass some encouragement on to others.” That is so very true and I found that out first hand at NQC! I let God use me to encourage others and I felt like I got even more out of it than I gave. It was a wonderful feeling and one I did not expect!

  3. Those who speak well of people need never whisper.