This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Ephesians 4:29 (ESV)


Today, I am thinking about planting seeds of inspiration.

One way we do this is through our words. Recently, I was talking with my son Julian, and I was telling him how happy I was that he would be home for the holidays. At some point, our conversation turned a little silly, and I recalled a time when Julian was in high school and how much grief he gave me over a particular class.

I remember going to church one Sunday and being so disappointed in him that I even mentioned the whole situation in passing to my pastor. I will never forget what he taught me that Sunday.

While we were conversing, I was going on and on about the grade Julian had in one of his classes, and how it was driving me crazy because I knew he wasn’t working at his full potential.

Yet after I told the pastor about my frustrations, he cautioned me. He told me to watch my words, and went on to say that I shouldn’t simply scold and discipline him and leave it at that. Instead, the pastor told me to speak into my son’s destiny. He said I should speak to my son as if he were the young man I wanted to see five years from now.

This was a very powerful lesson for me. Julian is much older today, but I still use my words as seeds of inspiration spoken from my heart into his destiny.

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, many of us will be visiting family and friends. Whose destiny will you speak into this holiday? Maybe it’s a young person, or maybe it’s a person going through a challenging time.

As you think about that, remember these words: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, speak into someone’s destiny.