The Christian Public Servant – “just a few simple words”

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June 21, 2018 – Thursday


John 13:34(b) [NLT] Love each other.

1 Corinthians 14:19 [NLT] But in a church meeting I would rather speak five understandable words to help others than ten thousand words in an unknown language.


I stood in walkway as parents signed in their toddlers for camp. There, a dad took some time to whisper something in his daughter’s ear. As he walked off, never looking back, she started crying and could not stop. The camp staff tried to calm her but to no avail. One tried to give her a cup of juice. Another tried a piece of candy. Still another tried a teddy bear. Finally, I picked her up, and whispered, “It’s ok, I will love you just like mommy and daddy.” She stopped crying instantly, laid her head on my shoulder, and put her arms around my neck.

When her daddy picked her up, I shared what had happened, and he was almost in tears. You see, last week his wife – the toddler’s mommy – died. This morning, the daddy whispered a lot, but nothing like what mommy whispered. That made the little girl cry. But my whisper, saying just a few simple words, was similar enough to what her mommy would whisper. And that calmed this sweet girl.

Scripture reminds us, just a few simple words can have a meaningful impact on others. This is how Jesus taught us to do His work in our lives.

In your workplace, you may not have toddlers and daddies crying. But remember this: your words can either break a person or give them what is needed. Be careful with your words. Know just a few simple words can do the trick.

Today at work, select your words wisely knowing what Christ would do.


Dear Heavenly Father, write on my heart the words needed to do Your work in my workplace. Let my words lead someone to You. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

De’Erika D. Blackmon
Patient Representative/Business Office
St. Dominic’s Hospital
Jackson, Mississippi USA
and MPA Candidate
Belhaven University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

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