Reckless words pierce like a sword,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Proverbs 12:18 NIV
My grandkids love to participate in team sports. They have had many coaches who always found something to praise and ways to encourage. It's a beautiful thing to see the kids gain confidence, learn cooperation, and blossom over the season.
I often wish that I could take back unkind words I've said over my lifetime. I want to speak words that will bring encouragement and life. One of my mentors said, "Start by working on a friendly HELLO, and then stop to really listen."