“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29
Writing “A Good Word” is not always easy – especially when tragedy is in the forefront of our minds because of things like Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida. I personally did not know any of the victims, but I feel the sadness, the heaviness in my heart, that so many of you also feel for these families whose lives will never be the same again.
The wickedness of the event stands in such sharp contrast to the day on which it took place. A day that is set aside especially for showing love, February 14.
And as I ponder about what I can do to help the world become a better place, less violent, more gentle and respectful of others – here is where I have arrived in my thoughts…
I can imitate Jesus.
I can show love to people, like he did. I can be kind to people, like he was. I can listen to people and serve people and share what I have with people, the way Jesus did. Most importantly, I can tell people the good news of salvation in Jesus and how their lives can be forever changed for the better. And who knows how far the ripples of influence will go?
I cannot force others to think or behave in a certain way; but if I think and talk and behave like Jesus it might influence somebody else to want to be different and better themselves, right?
Nobody can change the whole world. But we can choose to imitate the One who has made a greater difference in this world than any other person who has ever lived.