"Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." (Colossians 4:6 NIV)
"How do you feel?"
"What did the doctor say?"
"Are you sure it's that serious? You look just fine."
"You sure are tired a lot. Maybe you need to exercise and eat a little bit healthier."
Sometimes I want to stand on top of the table and scream as loud as I can. I want to put my hands over my ears, squeeze my shut my eyes, and yell, "Stop the madness!"
Of course, I know that I could never do such a thing. However, just the very idea makes me smile.
I'll be honest, lately, my patience has been tested. Some days, I feel that I am at the limit of being civil. I get tired of the endless questions and unsolicited advice. It is sometimes difficult to censor exactly what I should reveal when someone questions me about my health. Then, there are those times of frustration when I'm interrupted as I begin to answer a question.
I don't want to become cynical or judgmental - wondering if people sincerely want to know how I'm doing. I've prayed that God will help me find the right balance, and I believe the answer lies in today's scripture.
As I spend time in prayer, trusting God to help me, I believe He will give me the right words for anyone who approaches me. He can use my afflictions as an opportunity to share my personal revelations of His goodness, faithfulness, and mercy.
As I learn to view these encounters as ordained by God, I will be able to release my frustrations to Him in exchange for an opportunity to share God's message of love and hope.
Father, let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts please you. Enable us to speak words of kindness and encouragement to everyone we meet.