The phone buzzed just as my americano came to the table. You know the feeling, the immediate preconditioned response to any possible email or text message. I took a moment to look down and the message caused me to pause. 972191_16739182

When I looked down, I saw a wonderfully encouraging text from my wife Robyn. She has sent me thousands of texts and emails like this. Yet, this morning sitting in Mocha Blend Cafe in Troy, NY I felt refreshed.

Our words matter to the people around us. Even as you read this, you can identify a time when someone provided you encouraging words right when you needed it the most. Proverbs 14:24 says, “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”

For many of us, we focus our attention on constructive criticism. The problem-solving part of us seeks to see people change. Perhaps, your words that make the most difference come in the form of grace and encouragement. How do you know – What words refresh you the most?

As you go throughout your day, I hope you have the opportunity to bring refreshment to others. Your simple notes, text messages and emails make a difference in people’s lives.

What words have refreshed you the most this week?