I opened an email today and the first few words melted my heart. There wasn’t anything amazing, no flowery prose, but a simply sweet greeting. So I noodled over this for a few moments. Why did these few words bring me such a happy feeling?
Because for the slice of time I read that email, I felt important to another person. In today’s world that’s really something. I spend way too much of my life in the grocery store. Everywhere I look there are other shoppers eager to get out the door and employees who just want to finish their shifts and go home. It wasn’t until a truly dark day that I noticed each face I passed seemed to be scowling.
I think we underestimate how our words and attitudes can hurt or heal others. Words are powerful! And a smile may go further than we can see.
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13 NIV
How can we encourage others?
1. Take the time to smile.
2. Offer help. This could be taking a busy moms kiddos for the day or bringing a meal to a neighbor.
3. Slow down. People are more important than our schedules.
4. Send an unexpected note or email.
5. When you ask someone how they’re doing, listen to the answer.
Has someone done something recently that encouraged you?