LGD 087: Kind Words

Girls playing the game Twister



Doesn’t life often feel like a game of Twister? If we are not careful, the trials of life can weave their way into our hearts and lives and get us all twisted up.

Girls playing the game Twister
Photo by Dave Anthold (2011) – Czech Republic

The good news is we do not have to let the struggles of this world eat us up from the inside out. We can overcome anxiety and stress, but it will take some work on our part.

It will take surrender.

In today’s scripture, the author of Proverbs says,

“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.”

Proverbs 12:25

Imagine for a minute that one kind word could change your whole outlook on life?

What if you delivered that word to someone else?

What if you were the recepient?

I have been knee-deep in a new book – shocking, I know – titled Fear Gone Wild by Kayla Stoecklein. I have been eagerly anticipating this book because of the message she shares with the world.

Her’s was a love story, turned struggle, turned tragic, and concludes with the grace of redemption and healing.

She is a wife and mother, and her husband left this world too soon as a result of death by suicide. As a pastor, her husband led a large congregation and over a period of time slipped into severe panic attacks leading to exhaustion and depression.

Her husbsand’s story is not a singular event in our culture. Burnout, exhaustion, and anxiety can cripple the strongest of people including believers.

Why is this important?

Because Andrew Stoecklein’s story could be anyone. It could be the co-worker in the cubicle next to you. It could be the parent picking you their child from preschool. It could be anyone.

Today’s scripture encourages us to spread joy through kind words. We don’t know the struggles of the people around us.

Today, I have a challenge for you:

  • Choose five people and give them an encouraging word.

You can call them, send them a text, or send a carrier pigeon. However, you want to tell them.

Your kind word could make a difference in someone’s life today. Kayla’s story is extreme, but every day Jesus uses ordinary people to bring others to a relationship with Him. And it might just start with a smile.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your love. Thank you for giving Kayla the strength and courage to share her story of tragedy so it can help others. Help me to spread some joy to the world around me today. Amen!


I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

One thought on “LGD 087: Kind Words

  1. absolutely beautiful- you do sound just like Grandpa. Thank you for the beautiful flowers. Yesterday was tough, but it’s getting better.

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