A Word for the Shy

Our family was enjoying summer vacation, and as usual, I was more comfortable reading in our room than visiting with the other vacationers. Yet, two weeks was long enough to get acquainted with our neighbors--if only I weren’t so shy!

Surely God has a verse that will help me to be more friendly, I thought. Opening my Bible to Proverbs, I decided to write down every verse that mentioned tongue, lips, or words.

I knew I had found my verse when I read 10:31: “The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable.” No longer would my excuse be, “I won’t know what to say.” I would know what words would be appropriate!

With new confidence, I greeted the next vacationers carrying suitcases past our door. Within the hour, the wife returned for a long get-acquainted visit. Our days together were the beginning of a warm friendship.

Thank You, Jesus, that Your Word is so amazingly practical.