16th November 2011

Precious Words

“The right word at the right time is like a custom-made piece of jewelry.”
Proverbs 25:11 (MSG)

This year at our Church’s annual Festival in Paignton my wife went to a seminar entitled, The Gospel in Art, by Kath Sole. Those in attendance were asked to draw something that highlighted a scripture.  Alberta used, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Proverbs 25:11 NKJV). It took her two attempts before she was satisfied with her efforts.

After finishing the seminar she walked around showing her recent piece of art to people before coming back to our caravan.  The teacher, other budding artists and those she passed on the way were now able to practice what they could see and read for themselves.  Then it was the turn of her children and me.

This opportunity and experience reminded me that each of us has talent.  Secondly, the right word at the right time can make all the difference. This is especially true of those who are closest to you.  We need to work a little harder so that we do not allow familiarity to breed contempt.

So as a husband, let me show appreciation for my wife.  As a father, let me nurture those fragile spirits of the children.  As a friend, let me be faithful and true. The list of opportunities goes on but each person must make them specific to their particular situation and circumstances.

Thankfully, at the festival we all were able to find those words of precious encouragement, and practice what we saw in art form.  Alberta was extremely happy with the class, her work and the kind words of others.  One of the comments she received was to frame the picture so that it would serve as a good reminder.  We plan to do that on our return to Birmingham.

Alberta, keep up the good work using old, new and rediscovered talents.

Father, thank you for the talents and opportunities you give to each of us.  Thank you also for the privilege we have in sharing in the success of others by the gracious words we offer.  Thank you in Jesus’ name

Study by David W. Gibbs

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