Sally Clarkson is in the midst of a short series about loving our children. She began by sharing how voices of criticism so quickly deflate the joy in our hearts and how important it is for parents to be agents of encouragement and love in their kids' lives. If you are a parent, I encourage you to catch up on Sally's series (she's only three days in.)
But this post is not for parents, it's for you - whoever you are, wherever you are - to consider today how YOU can be a voice of encouragement in someone's life today. In a world where we're asked to place our identity in our accomplishments or relationships, so many are walking around defeated, deflated, and depressed; sometimes we can't achieve what we thought we could and people let us down, not meeting our expectations. Many will talk with you today who simply need someone to say to them, Hey, I'm really thankful that you are here. Or Wow, that was really good work. Or I noticed that you really excel at something and wanted to let you know I think it's great! Or I'm praying for you and trusting God for you in this difficult time.
The Bible speaks often of the power of world to build up or destroy. Who can you build up today? A coworker, a friend, a spouse, a child, a pastor, a neighbor?
An anxious heart weighs a man down,
but a kind word cheers him up.