I had to call for help.
Customer support was needed.
I couldn’t get the postcard layout right and I’d given up.
A woman answered my call and asked how I was doing.
“I’m not so great—I need help with a postcard I’m designing. How are you?”
“Well, not so great either. I have a migraine.”
I replied, “Well that was honest. I’m sorry about your migraine.”
“Thank you. But not to worry, I can help you get up and running again. Let me look at your postcard.”
I heard her clicking away on her computer trying to fix my mess. Then she said, “May I tell you something?”
I was silent. I was certain she was going to tell me what an idiot I was for not knowing how to create a simple online postcard.
“Are you there?”
“Yes, I’m here. What would you like to tell me?”
“I have to say, you are an encourager.”
“Yes, I am,” I said with a smile.
“You are also a leader and you’re someone who never quits or gets down.”
I sat straighter in my chair. “Thank you.”
“Okay refresh your page and see what you think.”
This woman who crossed my path ever so briefly “refreshed” me. Her kind words soothed my overworked soul and “rebooted” my outlook.
Every moment we have the ability to choose words that inspire someone—or choose words that tear down.
In the midst of a migraine, this woman chose to speak life.
For me, it’s easy to be kind when things are going well. And if I would have been in her shoes, I’m not certain I would’ve had her loving attitude.
How about you?
In your pain, what do you speak?
When you’re angry what words do you deliver?
Scripture tells us: “The tongue has the power of life and death.” Proverbs 18:21
Today and every day, let’s chose life.