A conversation with a friend about someone in need and the message came across, “I’ll pray her a visit,” an obvious auto-correct of “pay her a visit.” Yet this “typo” left me intrigued as I enjoy a good play on words. Our electronic companions learn our dialects, our shopping habits (grr) and may tend to lean toward our most used words and phrases. It’s good to know that “pray” rates so highly in her word usage. Conversely, if you frequent less than ideal verbiage, it may surface at the most in opportune times, or so I’ve been told.
A man who is known for using “colorful” language was shocked when his toddler used the same and in the correct context. Little eyes are watching, little ears are listening.
Jesus said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come… Mark:20-21
Seeds sown in our hearts yield fruit in due season whether good or bad. All things pass through the eyes and ears, but we decide which will find fertile soil and which will be cast to the rocks to wither.
We demolish arguments and every arrogance that raises itself up against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah. 2 Cor 10:5 CJB
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Proverbs 23:7 KJV
On the night Jesus was arrested, Peter tried to fade into the crowded courtyard. A girl recognized him as a follower of Jesus though he denied it.
After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.” Matthew 26:73
Do we walk close enough to Jesus that our “accent” would give us away? Would we deny it? Do we put our belief into practice or simply preach it? When a name comes to mind, whether we know their struggle or not, do we just let it pass by? Perhaps we should “pray” them a visit.
If these words have been a blessing, pass them along to another who needs to hear. Reach out to me at John@LiftedKeys.com and tell me your story. I would love to know where and in what way God has guided His words through my pen.