The Message paraphrase of Proverbs 25:11-23 says, “The right word at the right time is like a custom-made piece of jewelry, And a wise friend’s timely reprimand is like a gold ring slipped on your finger.” Our words are valuable, precious. These “right words” can include statements that are seemingly simple but potentially significant. Here are some examples: Hi, Good morning, I hope you’re well, Can I help? How are you today? Has it been a good week? It’s nice to see you. You may even take your words a step further by asking, how can I pray for you today?
Words matter and timing matters too. The right words at the right time compel people to follow your leadership. They move from “have to” to “want to.” This is a high level of motivation. It’s leading people, not driving people. Big difference. It was Mother Teresa who said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”