It seems that chocolate and other sweets are everywhere right now.
Last Saturday Chelsea, Michigan held their 5th Annual Chocolate Extravaganze. On Sunday a good friend in Milford gave me a jar of homemade chocolate sauce that I enjoyed on ice cream. Tuesday was Paczki Day and then there's Valentine's Day (can you say, "box of chocolates"?)
Would it be an understatement to say that we like sweets?
It seems we're fascinated by sweets. Researchers have conducted over 800 studies involving chocolate. Much attention has been given to the effect on the body of cocoa and sugar.
But what about "sweet" words and the messages and feelings they convey to thought, and the impact that has on the body? Do they go even higher by invoking a feeling of connection with the divine?
I remember a time during my college years when I was sick and feeling miserable and my Sunday School teacher called and shared some very encouraging and comforting words. The next day I felt much better and I truly appreciated her kind words.
Are the words we "give" to others sweet? Here are some questions to consider before we open our mouth:
- Will our words leave a bitter taste in the recipient?
- Are they sincere and not at all self-serving?
- Are they kind?
- Do they encourage or discourage?
- Are they judgmental or cast blame?
- Will they cause the recipient to feel appreciated, loved and cared for?
The Bible gives this thought-provoking insight: "Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones." ~Proverbs 16:24 (KJV)
Here's wishing you sweets of the higher sort, and with them, good health!
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