Wednesday, 11 Aug 2021
Title: Encouraging others
By Wong King Wai
Colossians 4:6 – Let your conversations be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Recently, I did a stand-up comedy course and for those who think it is easy – it isn’t! The preparation and repetition until you remember your jokes takes weeks to perfect and even then you don’t know if you will actually make it through the live performance. I wonder how much effort we put into preparing how we speak or say things to others?
In today’s verse, we are encouraged by Paul to have meaningful conversations with others. Conversations that are “seasoned with salt”, that have flavour and texture that engage and touch the heart. It means authentic and real speech. It also means to have a genuine interest in the other person. Listening is an important ingredient in a conversation.
Consider practising active listening. Be present and fully focussed on the other person and what they are saying, especially what they are not saying. That way your response will be genuine and real to the other person.
In today’s world when communication is limited to the flat screen of our phones or computers, having meaningful things to say and share is vital to keep people’s hopes up and stay optimistic in challenging times. Let’s take this time and opportunity to reach out and encourage others.
Here are some practical tips you can do: i) Ask a church leader or pastor if there are people who would like someone to call them and speak with them. ii) Pray and seek God’s direction for who you should reach out to. iii) Ask people you know if there is anything you can pray for them about.
May your “seasoned” conversation be the balm and tonic that lifts the spirit and helps those struggling during this time.
PRAYER: My Father in Heaven. Thank You for loving me and giving me the grace to speak with You directly. Thank You for life and the gifts You have given me. Use me to be a conduit of Your grace and lead me to those who are in need of an encouraging word. I thank You for Your guidance and help. In Jesus name I pray. AMEN.
愿您的 “老练” 谈话成为振奋心灵且帮助那些在这段时间挣扎的人的香膏和滋补品。