Brian Regan is maybe my favourite comedian. He’s clean and hilarious – a rare combination in today’s filth saturated comedy scene. In one of his shows, Regan tells a story about having to go to the emergency room (watch the 5 minute clip here). When asked by a nurse/receptionist, “What seems to be the problem?”, Regan’s humorous response is, “Well, it seems my insides want to be on my outside.”
Our insides always end up on our outside.
One of the ways our insides end up on our outside is through what we say.
When teaching about our words, Jesus told His followers that it’s from the overflow of the heart that the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34). Words are an expression of what’s in our heart. Words are important, having the power to be either destructive or constructive.
“Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” (Ephesians 4:29)
Throughout each day, we interact with all kinds of people and these interactions give us a tremendous opportunity to be a blessing to people around us. Here’s a couple of thoughts on making the most of your conversations:
- Make sure that what’s on your inside is a genuine desire to encourage and help people, then…
- Make them smile.
- Make them laugh.
- Inspire hope.
- Encourage faith.
Finally here’s a question/challenge to make it real: What would happen if for the next 21 days you set out to encourage at least one person each day? Give it a try. Let me know how it goes.
Now it’s your turn: What do you do to make your conversations count?