Say It Now

March 17, 2000

2 Corinthians 1:4 – He helps us in all our troubles, so that we are able to help others who have all kinds of troubles, using the same help that we ourselves have received from God. (GNB)

One of my daily e-mail blessings is a free mailing from Chicken Soup for the Soul. In a recent story called Do It Now by Robert Reasoner, this paragraph leapt out at me:

    I won't get another chance to tell my son all I would have wanted him to hear, but, other parents, you do have a chance. Tell your young people what you would want them to hear if you knew it would be your last conversation. The last time I talked to Jim was the day he died. He called me to say, "Hi, Mom! I just called to say I love you. Got to go to work. Bye." He gave me something to treasure forever.

How different this world would be if we treated every word we uttered as if it were the last word we would ever say to that person. We would have to weigh each and every word we said with extreme care. We would have to consider every word carefully and examine every nuance, knowing that whatever we said could never be taken back, any wrong imparted could never be righted.

Our conversations would become much more positive; we would share more love, more hope, more encouragement. Angry words would be tempered; hateful words would be held in check.

The rewards would be without measure. Our spirits would be uplifted. We would gain joy through seeing joy in others. We would feel loved through loving others. We would give others something to treasure forever.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, it is so easy to utter words that hurt and tear down. Give us the patience to weigh our words. Grant us the wisdom to understand how they will be perceived by the listener. Help us to control our wrath so that we utter no hurtful words in anger. Guide us to say things that others will treasure forever. We ask this in the name of our Saviour, Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

About the author:

John Hake
Elora, Ontario, Canada

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