I walked out of my South Florida home this morning and immediately realized that something was different. By the time I got to my car I was licking my lips. Salt. Through some strange atmospheric condition, the air was laden with salt from the Atlantic Ocean.
I drove all the way to church licking my lips and thinking about salt. Jesus told us we were to be salt and light to others (Matthew 5). It’s easy to know what being ‘light’ is, but how do I be salt? Salt melts snow. Salt seasons food.
Imagine my surprise when, during the service, the pastor zeroed in on Colossians 4 verses 5 and 6. “Be extraordinarily different from the world,” he said.
Considering the salt was on my lips, I believe God was reminding me about my speech. I silently thanked Him for reminding me to speak to everyone with grace and love. I looked around the church. It’s easy to be salt to other Christians. I need to be salt to every person I come in contact with. How delightful that He should remind me to be salt to others.
Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person. ~ Colossians 4:6 (HCSB)
Lord, help me to be salt in this world. Help me learn how to speak to others graciously and with your wisdom. Amen.