Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | September 24, 2009

A good word for a tough day

We’ve all had bad days before, some worse than others. Our children have them, our friends have them, we have them…it is a part of life.

But have you ever had a day that seemed to be going downhill, and then another person changes its downward course with a kind word or deed?

Perhaps it was as simple as a smile, a hug, a gift, or even a thank you. Regardless of the word or act, that person brought you a measure of happiness on a difficult day, and maybe they even helped change your perspective.

Proverbs 12:25 says, “Anxiety in the heart of a man weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad.”

Whenever you lift up the spirits of a family member, friend, or stranger, you are taking the opportunity to act out Proverbs 12:25.

How can we demonstrate Proverbs 12:25 today?



  1. OK – I had to share this. It’s a bit extreme (in a fun way) but it is exactly what you were speaking about.

    A little under 11 years ago – Darcy was pregnant with Caleb – I was working in downtown Buffalo and commuting on the MetroBus. One particular Wednesday, I was just in a rotten mood on the way in – don’t even remember why. But it was heading downhill pretty fast. Then a few people turned it around.

    As we past the last pickup stop on the island (this is the extreme part) the ladies that I regularly rode in with starting pulling out a box of donuts and gifts and handing them to me. They knew we were having our first baby and were throwing a make-shift baby shower for me…on the bus…on the way into Buffalo! Needless to say, my mood turned around pretty quickly (after I got over the shock, that is!)

    Even if it’s not this big, those things that lift someone’s spirits – especially if they are unexpected – can be remembered for a long time. Thanks for sharing, Cathi!

    • This is a great story Eric! Awesome, and very sweet of those ladies…how cool.

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