The other day I was sitting in my backyard and overheard my little neighbor girls talking as they were playing on their swing set. The younger sister looked admiringly at her older sister and said, "Sissy, you are beautiful!" Her remark made me smile! She was so sweet and genuine in what she said. You could tell by the tone in her voice that she really looked up to her big sister.
There is so much we can learn from this little four-year-old's example. Why aren't we absolutely genuine in how we respond to others? When you are walking through your day, do you look out for the needs of others and share something kind? Proverbs 10:11 says, "The mouth of a good person is a deep, life-giving well, but the mouth of the wicked is a dark cave of abuse." It also says in Proverbs 15:4 that "kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and main." What we say truly is important. Perhaps even more important than our words is how we say them. People know when you are faking it. Mean what you say and say your words with a genuine heart filled with Jesus' love. Believe me, it makes all the difference!