June 23, 2019

Heal in the Way You are Healed

“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”  – Proverbs 16:24 Yesterday we talked about how using negative words actually reinforces bad behavior and brings about more of it. Today, I want to share a story that illustrates how the opposite is also true. A while back, my daughter Haven decided to wipe up the table after a meal. Rather than just thanking her for undertaking the task, I said, “Haven, you’re such a servant leader.” Although it wasn’t intentional, by using that phrase, I ascribed to her a positive character trait. Guess what happened next? After leaving her for awhile, Hannah and I came back downstairs to find that the whole kitchen was clean (as clean as a nine-year-old can get it). Very sweetly, she looked at us and said, “What do you think?” Not only was it precious, it was a powerful

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