Have you ever noticed how negative and critical our speech can be? We rant about issues. We're sarcastic with others about situations. We're critical of people, products, or processes. You'll even probably talk negatively about yourselves to yourself at some point today. Just pay attention. Notice how often you hear or say something that has a negative connotation. But then read this:
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear. Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters.” —Proverbs 25:11-12
Instead of perpetuating what is harmful, condescending, and hurtful—season your speech with something "rich, wise, pure, and refreshing."
DO THIS: Speak kindly.
PRAYER: God, guide me toward encouraging each person I meet today.