Pr. 12:25: “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.”
Newsflash: not everyone who is depressed lies in bed with the covers over their head. Most go to work, shop at the store, attend church and social events, and live their lives the best they can.
Just because we’re unaware of someone’s anxiety or depression, doesn’t mean it’s not there. So, it seems that a good rule of thumb is to make sure we have a good word for each person with whom we come into contact.
We don’t have to be intimidated, thinking we have to always offer up some prophetic word from the Lord, or the best advice ever given. We just need to give a good word.
It’s easy to get caught up in the negative, but if good words can give gladness to a depressed heart, then it would be good for us to aim to distribute those words more generously.
We don’t have to pretend that we ourselves our happy when we’re not; however, I’m reminded of the old saying, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” Still, I think we can do better than that most of the time.
Out of the abundance that God has placed within us, let’s make someone’s heart glad today. 🙂