Speaking Grace

Speaking Grace

Many times we – moms who stay home with the kids all day, doing the same routine and events every day – think we have no impact or significance in anyone else’s life. We wonder how we can impart grace into others’ lives while we balance the duties of child-rearing, home, and ministry efforts.

To be sure we have immediate and lasting impact on the little lives we are training, and that is critical work as we battle for the hearts of our children, as well as with our families and friends Yet, I want to encourage us all that we have a bigger impact in our community than we might think!

First, think through your past few weeks. Do you notice any familiar faces in your daily or weekly routines? Are you engaging those whom you cross paths with frequently?

You may see them, you may even say a short greeting on your way into or out of the grocery store. Perhaps it’s the same neighbor on a regular walk you often take. Do you have contact with the same person repeatedly, even if you don’t engage them at all? It could be at church, while running errands, while dropping kids off at school, or even at restaurants on those rare occasions you treat your family to a meal out.

We sometimes miss the opportunities God gives us to touch someone’s soul with the Truth of the Gospel because we just aren’t paying attention to those we have contact with on a regular basis.

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” — Colossians 4:2-6

Here, Paul is encouraging us to be devoted in prayer, alert and grateful. He wants to see open doors so that the gospel can be brought forth clearly. Yet he continues to instruct believers to conduct themselves with wisdom & to make the most of every opportunity. Every opportunity means every opportunity.

Not only that but our speech ought to be full of grace as though seasoned with salt. That means that mouths ought to flavor conversations with grace. Us speaking with others should bring goodness, therefore other forms of speech like gossip, manipulation, lewdness, conceit, lies, etc will have a harder time being present in such conversations.

All these characteristics put together (prayer, alertness, thanksgiving, opportunities, speech, wisdom, and grace) in our presentation with “outsiders,” or those outside the faith, will help us as we converse with them. They will enable us to be effective as we respond to them. In their doubt. In their questions. We need all these qualities so that we will know how we should respond to each person.”

Pray for God’s grace in you to be made manifest toward the souls that you get to come into contact with this week. No matter how brief, my prayer is that you begin to understand what making the most of every opportunity looks like, how your speech toward others would be full of grace, and the impact that it has on the Kingdom!

 Holly from The Brown Tribe

Holly currently lives in Nebraska with her amazing & godly husband, sweet & smart 4-year old daughter & joyful 2 year old son. She is a stay-at-home mom who serves with her local MOPS group, and on her church’s Mission Leadership Team for missionary support. She writes at The Brown Tribe for the purpose of discipling and encouraging women and mothers. She is also a contributor for Missional Call. In her spare time she enjoys coffee, photography, exploring the culinary craft, helping combat human trafficking through awareness and is currently writing her first book. You can follow along with Holly on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, google +,  and Instagram

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