Silver Boxes

Today’s Scripture is Ephesians 4:29-30 (NIV)

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Today’s blog post is by Annje Hutchinson, Administrative Assistant…

I grew up in a household where unwholesome talk was the norm, but somehow I knew if I said any one of those words or phrases I would get my mouth washed out with soap. (That did happen on occasion.) However, I remember more vividly the unkind words spoken to me by my family. The kind of words that cut you to your core. The words you can never forget. The ones that make you feel insignificant, unwanted, and unworthy.

Later, in my teen years, my mom read a book called “Silver Boxes: The Encouragement Gift,” by Florence Littauer. She gave me an empty box wrapped in pretty silver paper with a poem called “Silver Boxes,” by Michael Bright attached to it. The teenager that I was, wasn’t having it. An empty box was no apology for all the hurtful things she had said to me growing up. Years later I realized that was the only way she knew how to apologize. I now wish I still had that silver box. Thanks to Google I can find the poem:

“My words were harsh and hasty

And they came without a thought.

Then I saw the pain and anguish

That my bitter words had brought.

Bitter words that I had spoken

Made me think back through the past;

Of how many times I’d uttered

Biting words whose pain would last.

Then I wondered people

I had hurt by things I’d said;

All the ones I had discouraged

When I didn’t use my head.

Then I thought about my own life.

Of painful words I’ve heard;

And of the times I’d been discouraged

By a sharp and cruel word.

And now clearly I remember

All the things I might have done;

But, by a word I was discouraged

And they never were begun.

Lord, help my words be silver boxes.

Neatly wrapped up with a bow;

That I give to all so freely,

As through each day I gladly go.

Silver boxes fill of treasure,

Precious gifts from God above;

That all the people I encounter

Might have a box of God’s own love.”

Michael Bright

Today I THINK before I speak:

T – is it True?

H – is it Helpful?

I – is it Inspiring?

N – is it Necessary?

K – is it Kind?

Let us all remember Ephesians 4:29-30 and use our words to build others up in God’s amazing grace and love. #welovefirst