My love for the game of baseball started at an early age. It’s a game I played with my dad, my brothers, and my friends. Summer nights were spent at the ball diamonds where I was either playing or shouting words of encouragement to my buddies who were.
One of baseball’s most loved players is Yogi Berra. During his 19 years as a catcher for the Yankees, he played in 14 World Series.
While Yogi is remembered for the way he played the game, he might be better known for his Yogisms:
- This is like déjà vu all over again.
- A nickle ain’t worth a dime anymore.
- When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
- Baseball is 90% mental, and the other half is physical.
- You’ve got to be careful if you don’t know where you are going because you might not get there.
Yogi also said, I never said most of the things I said. Like Yogi, some people will remember us more for what we said than for what we accomplished in life.
Words are dynamic, and they have the power to hinder and to humiliate, and they are also endued with a robustness to help and to heal.
Solomon reminds us that, Pleasant words are like a honeycomb: they drip sweet food for life and bring health to the body (Proverbs 16:24).
Everyone needs to hear a pleasant word at some time, and there will be someone, somewhere, who will begin today as an indigent pessimist due to the overwhelming trial they are facing. When you meet them, will you simply smile, turn your back and walk away or will you engage them with words of encouragement?
Mother Teresa has said: Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
If words are an echo, may our’s resonate with a melody that is loving, positive, uplifting, encouraging, and life-giving