A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.  Proverbs 25:11

Who said words were not important? They can be life changing, both for good and for bad.

I still remember the words spoken by a teacher when I was in the ninth grade about the space between my front teeth. Though spoken in jest, I am sure, those words have lived in my nightmares and thoughts for more than sixty five years and they still hurt. Here is another side of the coin.

I had been on the job in the Navy lab at Parris Island less than a week when I caught a denture in a wheel and shattered it beyond repair.

I was frozen with fear, if you know me you understand how true this was. Chief Jenkins walked over, asked what the problem was and I showed him the broken denture that was scheduled to be place in a person’s month that day. He simply asked, “Were you working on it?” I replied that I was and then he said the forgiving words aptly spoken, golden and silver, “Don’t worry about it, start over, as long as you are working you can make mistakes.  Only the person who does nothing goes without making a mistake and that is the greatest mistake.”

That was 1959 and I still remember the moment. I have used it a thousand times with those in my life that have made mistakes and hope it was as golden to them as it was to me.

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