My daughter, Rachel was helping a neighbor last week while they went on vacation. She offered to take care of their home in their absence: two dogs, plants to water, mail to collect . . . quite a few things to remember. Thankfully, our neighbors left an instruction sheet on what would be helpful for Rachel to do while they were away.
While in the day-to-day of life, we aren't always given instructions on what would he helpful, isn't it great when we do? And, it's particularly helpful when it's done in a fashion as a proverb which says, "Pleasant words promote instruction."
This is the message a recent blogger, Kirk Weisler, noted regarding Joni Eareckson Tada and her ability to masterfully help others to be helpful.
He recounted a radio message Joni shared about how she instructed a gate agent that it was OK (and appreciated!) if he would slip Joni's shoe back on her foot - adding that, "if the shoe fit, she might just be Cinderella." The proverbial ice was broken and the agent felt comfortable with slipping Joni's shoe on her foot.
As Kirk notes, most people want to be helpful but don't always know how to go about it. (You can read the blog post here. http://kirkweisler.com/t4d/2012/08/08/pleasant-words-promote-instruction/.)
Kirk is but one among the many who give thanks for servant sprits like Joni's which thoughtfully care enough to stop and guide others on how to be helpful . . . and who do so providing "pleasant words" to promote that instruction.
Lee Ann Jackson
We Connect. Ministry and Media.
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