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When was the last time you heard a good word from a total stranger? Some years back, as I was walking from the parking lot to the building where I worked at the time, that very thing happened to me.

Usually there isn’t much interaction between people walking and the drivers or passengers, but this day something different happened. I was about halfway to the office building when I glanced at a school bus headed the same way I was. The weather was really nice for that time of year and, sure enough, some of the bus windows were open! I remembered my own days of riding school buses, before I got my driver’s license and a car, and hoped the students would have a good day.

To my surprise I heard a young person say, “Have a great day, sir!” I instinctively waved in the direction of the bus, and hoped whoever had wished me a good day could see that I heard the message. That doesn’t happen much, these days, but I’m sure glad that student took a moment to wish me a good day. And it was a very good day, indeed!

So, we don’t necessarily have to extend greetings from open windows—the drivers may not appreciate that!—but we can sure take a moment and wish somebody a good day. Solomon wrote “Like cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a distant land (Proverbs 25:25)”. Imagine how much better it would be when the good news comes from even closer!

Who could benefit with a good word from you or me today?

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB. http://www.lockman.org

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