It was my mother’s birthday, and among the cards she received was a memorable one. Memorable because it was not a birthday card at all, but a sympathy card! Her friend, obviously in a hurry, must have grabbed the wrong card out of her “Cards For Every Occasion” box, signed it, and put it in the mail. I mean, my mom was a year older, but to send sympathy wishes was over the edge! But we did get a good laugh out of it!
We, too, can sometimes send the wrong message by the way we behave, speak, or treat others. We convey a lot without even opening our mouths. Body language (eye contact, yawning, posture) can tell someone if we are bored or truly interested in what he or she is saying. By Jesus’ example, we should show respect, love, and kindness to everyone. This shows that we really care for the person. Each person is so precious in the eyes of the Lord, and we should treat people that way! Even with all the people who constantly surrounded Jesus, He still took time to minister to the individual with compassion.
When complimenting someone, make sure your words come across that way. Words have the power to build up or tear down. You may be the only one who will encourage a certain person on any given day. Make a concerted effort to send the right message!