Lasting Impact

By Ty Salvant

Our thoughts, words and actions hurt or help those around us, whether or not we are in close relationship with them.

One day when running errands, I had extra time on my hands and had an amazing experience. I passed up a close parking spot so the car behind me could get it. When in the store, a customer asked me a question, which led to a 15-minute conversation with a stranger. I complimented a stranger at the gas station, who was genuinely appreciative of being noticed, which made us both feel great.

Even with how wonderful that afternoon was, it doesn’t recur as often as it should.

Lately, my days have been filled with almosts. I left the house five minutes too late because I thought I had enough time to put a load of clothes to wash. I overslept by five minutes as a result of staying up too late the previous night. I snapped at the kids because I was upset by the stranger who honked their horn because I took 10 seconds too long before accelerating at a green light.

In an attempt to positively interact with others, I’m reflecting on Psalms 19:15,  “Let the words of my mouth be acceptable, the thoughts of my heart before you, Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

Let us all be more mindful of how our thoughts, words and actions have a lasting impact on those around us.


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