Sometimes it feels like we have nothing left to give.
Our hearts are checked out for the day, and our minds are wandering down the lane.
When there is nothing left in us, simple words come. Simple, beautiful truths that we can pass along to others. We didn't think there was any gift left within us, and yet, the words come.
"You have such a kind heart," we tell the friend who stops in.
And to the mom wrangling four kids at the store: "You're doing an amazing job. Hang in there!"
If you think about the last encouraging words someone said to you, it's easy to see why words are so vital to our well-being. When we receive words, we store them up and ponder them in our hearts.
We say these things to others because the words stick. They stay with us and hold onto us.
So we say "Thank you so much!" to the elderly cashier.
And bid the mail carrier "good day!"
A text to a friend reminds them that they are held by Someone greater than their problems.
These little gifts of words, sprinkled around, don't seem like much, yet the impact they leave could be lasting.
Though we have no money and our energy is spent, words of the "you-can-do-it-I-believe-in-you" variety to a friend can go a long way.
Because although we may not realize it in the moment, the gift of words is the gift of life.