Lately we've been doing the Basic Life Principles Course by Bill Gothard. One of the things he speaks of is how a word misspoken can cause a lifetime of bitterness-even if the speaker didn't intend for it to be offensive. Well, my story is just the opposite. A kind word (or 2) can change a teen's world.
When I was in 8th grade I was super insecure and shy. I truly didn't feel that I fit in. We'd have all of these theme days. One week it was 'twin day'. A beautiful young lady who was smart and sweet and a cheerleader (which made her popular) asked me to be her twin. I was floored! Me?? Seriously? I felt like I was on the top of the world!
Let's flash forward 26 years. We just had our 25th high school reunion. I didn't go. All because I still feel that I don't fit in. Why relive all of that? Well...I get a message. It's that same girl from 8th grade saying she missed me at the reunion and wants to try to get together while she's home (she lives 24 hours away). Once again I was floored!
I had her and her children over today. Our time was so sweet, so comfortable. I can't imagine that she'll ever know how much the visit meant to me. I hope though that one day, when she gets to heaven, God will have a very special jewel in her crown.
Never underestimate the power of a kind word. It can change someone's life.