What I'm talking about here is God impressing upon us something that we need to do or say.
The other day my pastor made a reference to a difficult time in the beginning of his ministry at our church. During this time, when he was just starting out as a young preacher, someone wrote him a harsh and critical note. I don't know why someone would do this, except out of fear or their own insecurities - sometimes we say things we shouldn't and go off half cocked. Regardless of why, words hurt. And he was hurt by this letter.
Thing is...on that same day, someone ELSE wrote a note to him, one that was encouraging and hopeful, uplifting. In fact, this second note praised him for the same things the first noted had judged him harshly for. Odd how pointed it was, right?
Not really odd. Not when you remember Who was orchestrating things.
You know, someone was listening to that still small voice that day. They wrote what God told them to write, maybe not even knowing why...just listening to what God had impressed on their heart to say. And God used it to give someone encouragement who desperately needed it.
I know I've written about this sort of topic before, but I think we need to start the New Year off this way - remembering that words are important, and you just don't know how God is intending on using your words for good. For all I know, that note-writer wasn't in church Sunday to hear how they'd blessed our pastor. They might never hear the story - or they heard and didn't even know it was them pastor was talking about.
Don't worry about finding out...just write the good note, say the good word, smile the sweet smile. Be someone's bright spot in 2015.