Have you other thought that we say things that are rather trite? That we haven’t thought through what we say when someone is really hurting and we don’t know quite have the right words so we blurt out something that is really insensitive, empty or, dare I say, stupid?
How about when we mean well, but our words are lacking? How about when we don’t have the words and so we just use the phrase, “you’re in my thoughts and prayers?”
How often do you think about that person?
How often do you really pray for that person?
Here’s a good test: if someone is really in our thoughts and prayers then they should also be considered in our actions.
- Maybe that action is a bouquet of flowers delivered to their desk.
- Maybe it is a handwritten letter rather than an email.
- Maybe it is literally taking ten or fifteen minutes out of our schedule and dropping in and just giving someone a hug and wishing them a good day and genuinely, in that moment, praying for them.
You know what’s interesting? A lot of people who use the phrase claim that they don’t really know how to pray, and yet they know God. Prayer is just communication, letting it all hang out with God. Sometimes when I pray with people in their presence, I literally say, “I don’t know what to say, but God you know what I’m trying to say here please give me the right words.”
Follow Through With What You Say
Here’s what this blog today is really about, and maybe it’s because of what’s happening with me.
It’s about me wanting to be more aware of what I say and how I say it. By the way, being an extrovert and someone who can really be out there, I’ve blown it many times.
But, if I tell someone they are in my thoughts and prayers, I better mean it.
I better follow through. Because if I really mean it, then God will prompt me to do something for and with them – how about you?