Where Did That Come From?!
One day a dad scooped his three year old up in his arms, hugged him and gave him a big kiss on the cheek. He immediately brushed his hand across his face. Pretending to be offended, the dad said, “Don’t wipe off my kiss!” The son replied, “I didn’t wipe it off, Daddy, I rubbed it in.”
What a great answer! What a quick wit. What an example of saying the right thing at the right time. His response reminds me of Paul’s admonition… “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:6)
That dad said his son had heard him tell this story more than a few times, always with a joke that he certainly has a future as a political spin doctor. Years after that incident where Dad has assumed that his son was just thinking quick coming up with the right answer, he was telling the story again and his, then 9 years old son, told him, “Dad, when I said that, I really WAS rubbing your kiss in.”
Speaking with Grace
Saying the right thing at the right time is not the ability to cover yourself when you say the wrong thing. Jesus explained it well…
“Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34)
In other words, Jesus is saying whatever is in your heart will eventually find its way to your mouth. The key, then, to speaking with grace is living by grace.
That child wasn’t just a quick thinker.” His clever response was simply the result of letting the love in his heart for his dad spill out of his mouth.
The words you speak may be full of grace or they may be full of guile——it is your heart that makes the determination. Ask God today to fill your heart full of his grace…to fill your heart full of love for others…and see if it makes a difference in what you say.
PRAYER: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” AMEN. Psalm 51:10 (ESV)