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Being Honeycomb to the Soul
By Melissa Valle
“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”
– Proverbs 15:24 (ESV)
“Sticks and Stones…”
I am sure many of you have heard the phrase. I wish I was one of the few that agrees that words never hurt me.
That those comments on my job evaluation sheet weren’t taken personally. That the words from the kids I babysat didn’t affect me. They are just kids, right? That my classmates comment about my developing body from head to toe were just brushed off my shoulder like dust.
I wish, I wish. But God isn’t a genie.
God puts circumstances in your life for you to trust Him. So after years of hearing rejection and shame thrown out on me for 16 years, hearing the One voice of truth lingered into my soul so sweetly. “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body,” (Proverbs 15:24). He whispered “He loved me” and the storm within me fell silent. These three words, gave me a life of hope, a life of truth. I couldn’t help but read more and more. Words of not just affirmation to my soul, but words of truth! He gave life intricately made with a purpose, a purpose that is not mine. It only took an hour to commit my life to the One who saw me and knew me before I was born.
Ladies, His words, has changed many lives and there is no doubt he can change yours. So put down the phone. Turn off the computer. Ignore that person that messaged you about your “poor outfit choice” and stop trying to cover up those acne marks or fix those eyebrows.
Those followers don’t see you. Even compliments from your friends can only calm you down for only so long before you need another change of hair color. There is always another trend to follow. Another change of your attitude. But, that never assures you. They look at you. But they don’t see you.
I also encourage you guys to take in a different point. Stop touching screens and start touching lives. Don’t just glance at their story and assume how they are doing, ask them. Be intentional. Author Lysa Terkeurst put it best, “When daily we touch screens—leaving comments and liking statuses—we might feel we are connecting with others, and certainly in a sense we are. But not in the most important way. Never let touch-screen communicating take the place of up-close, in-person, real life relationships. It can help to reset your emotions when you spend time with a real-life friend. Speak the truth into their lives rather liking their page as said in 2 Timothy 4:2; ‘Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.’”
Be a generation that is different. Live your life knowing you are loved, and heard, and seen by your Creator. Let others know that they are seen by you, and most importantly by their God. Let the Lord use your voice and be that honeycomb their soul had been craving.