The Power of a Kind Word.


“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

- Proverbs 16:24 (NIV)


As he stepped on the train, my heart almost stopped. Is that him? Is that really him?

A few months ago, I was sitting on the subway with one of my little 7-year-old friends. We were engaged in a conversation, and in walks a bald, smiley caucasian guy with yellow-framed glasses on.

The man looked exactly like one of my favorite authors, but he sat on the other end of the train so I wasn't 100% sure it was him. Is that Seth Godin?

My little friend was talking to me about whatever 7-year-olds talk about, and like a good friend, I was no longer paying attention to him. I was now focused on whether the man was Seth and how I could get a chance to talk to him.

Well, time ran out and our stop was approaching. As we stood up to get off the train, I noticed that Seth—I was convinced that it was him at that point—was getting off the train too.

This is my chance! Without telling my little friend what I was doing, I started walking fast to try to catch up to Seth, but he was too far ahead of us.

And then out of nowhere, as if God said, “STOP! MAGGIE’S BEHIND YOU,” he abruptly stopped walking and turned our direction. Yes!

Without any hesitation, I walked directly up to him.

“Are you Seth Godin?” I asked. That was probably the dumbest thing that could’ve come out of my mouth because I knew it was him.

“Yes I am,” he responded with a warm smile.

I placed my hand over my heart with a gasp of joy.

“I knew it!” I said, “I just want to say thank you. Your books have made a major impact on my life. I know you probably hear that all the time, but I mean it with all my heart.”

With another warm smile, he said, “It's always refreshing to hear, thank you.”

And after a few more moments of small talk, we went our separate ways. Meeting him made my heart sing, and I floated on clouds for the rest of the day.

Being able to say thank you to someone who’s made a positive impact on your life can be very fulfilling. I had nothing to offer Seth other than a kind word, but I knew that was enough.

“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

- Proverbs 16:24 (NIV)

Although Seth Godin is a best-selling author, speaker, and business executive, he’s also a human being who goes through obstacles just like you and me.

On social media, we see the “highlights” of people’s lives, but you never really know what people may be going through. A kind and encouraging word might be exactly what a person needs at a specific moment.

If someone has made a positive impact on your life, tell them. If someone gives you great service, tell them. If you see someone doing good things, tell them how much they’re appreciated.

You’re never too busy to say something nice to someone.

When you were a kid, you probably heard (or were told) that “sticks and stones can break your bones but words can never hurt you.” And I’m sure you figured out the hard way that saying is a lie.

Just as kind words can be sweet to the soul, hurtful words can destroy a person. It’s very hard to resurrect a broken spirit.

We may remember something nice a person said, but we tend to always (and I mean always) remember the hurtful things people say. Let God help you to use self-control and wisdom before

you speak.

My message today is simple: do your best to always speak words that uplift and encourage people to move forward.

A kind word has the power to breathe life into a broken spirit and hurting heart. So be kind, always.

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Do great things with God.

- Mags

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