Be the Salt!
It is said that you can lead a horse to water, but you can't force him to drink. Here's the thing: you can give him salt and make him thirsty. So let me say it again; I want to make sure you get that. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink, however you can give him salt and make him thirsty.
Question: are you giving people salt and making them thirsty? I love the book of Colossians. If you're ever in my office, I have Colossians all over the walls of our offices. I love Colossians. Colossians 4:6 says, "let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt. May your words always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person."
Are your words gracious? Do they give life? Are they gracious, and are they seasoned with salt? Salt makes people thirsty. I wonder when people listen to you, do they desire more? Do they desire to grow in their walk with the Lord? Do they desire to grow, to be a better Christian? Do they desire to be a better mom, a better dad, a better husband, a better wife? Do they desire to be a better servant of the Lord Jesus Christ? How about a better church member or a better leader? Do they desire to be a better business owner? Do they desire to be a better student? Whatever phase of life you are in, are your words gracious and are they seasoned with salt? Yes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. However, you can give that horse salt.
Growing up as a kid, my grandparents had horses. My dad grew up with horses. My grandparents had horses, and I saw those big blocks of salt. Those big blocks of salt will make a horse thirsty. I wonder if the words I say lift people up and take them to a new level and create within them a desire for more. Or do my words bring people down and just kind of leaves a bad taste in their mouth where they really don't want what I have?
When you are walking with the Lord, when you were growing in grace; when you're growing in Christ; when you are growing as a leader; when you're growing as a pastor; when you are growing as a family man or a family woman; as a mom; a dad; a husband; a wife; a grandparent; when you were growing, that spills out of you. What you really find when you're growing on the inside is that your words are gracious and they are seasoned with salt. Before long, people want what you have.
Think about your words today. Your words and my words are so, so important. I want my words to bring life and I want that for you. Because you're watching my content, listening to my podcast, and following me online, I want you to want more. I want you to have a desire to grow as a leader, to grow in grace, and to grow in Christ. I want that for you and for those that are around you today.
Your #1 fan,