Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
—Proverbs 16:24 (NIV)
Kids are honest as the day is long.
I wish, wish, wish honest always meant SWEET. (Can I get an Amen from the Mommas out there?) But on occasion, those super-honest and super-witty kids will shock you with the sweetness of something you did not expect to hear.
When our oldest son was a toddler, I had to kneel on his level, and discipline him for something he’d done wrong. I spent time outlining what the boundary line was, how he’d crossed it, and what the consequence would be. I looked him in the eyes and said, “Do you understand what Mommy said?” <Nodding> “Okay, what do you have to say?”
Oh. my. mothering. stars…
Either this boy was an absolute genius in reading women at 3 years old, or he really meant what he’d said. Either way, the sweetness of those words stunted me because he was young enough, and innocent enough to have really meant them.
That is a memory I will never let go of. The memory of sweet words – the kind that fed my soul and made my heart smile. I threw my arms around that kid, thanked him for his comment, and promptly took him over to his timeout corner. (Because sweet words don’t negate discipline, unfortunately.)
Remember what those sweet words can do today. And not just sweet words to others — practice uplifting, positive, encouraging and energizing self talk too. Those words will build up. Build up, until they flow out and over the rim of our heart’s cup, and begin to impact the hearts of those around us.