I once attended a dinner where the honored guest was a person who I could most generously describe as “crusty.” It struck me that in the 18 years I’d known him, I had never heard him say anything nice to, or about, anyone. As he spoke, and purported to give advice to the room full of lawyers about how to be a successful person, I found myself discounting nearly everything he said. Why? Well, while he WAS successful, I did NOT want to be like him!

Later, when driving home, I was challenged to think about whether I WAS like him. Working in the legal field can make a person pretty cynical. I wondered about the overall impression I’d created in my profession. Was I also unkind and arrogant? It hit me—I definitely was! This realization was a game changer. When I retire someday, I want younger lawyers, clerks, judges and other folks who work in my profession, to remember me for my courtesy, respect, and civility, because it is these characteristics which glorify God. The book of Proverbs says:“There is (he) that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.” (Proverbs 12:18)  

As a child of God, my desire should be that my tongue brings healing instead of hurting.

Ultimately, God gave my heart compassion for this man who, at the end of his career, still had not recognized the folly of his ways; and thus, was no closer to discovering the blessing that he could have been. However, I was very thankful for this reminder in living color! God inspired me to work harder to constantly renew my mind in Him so that my words glorify Him. We live in a world full of adversity, and kind words pave the way for others to find God’s path of peace. The book of Proverbs says: “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” (Proverbs‬ ‭31:26‬) The “law of kindness” should be the first law I practice.

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