A Few Kind Words

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?



Christina Suzann Nelson is an inspirational speaker and award-winning author of six books, including More Than We Remember, What Happens Next, and the Christy Award-winning The Way It Should Be. She is the mother of six children and is passionate about helping others find hope after trauma.

One Comment

  • Grandma

    yep…you by writing a new blog today.

    Thanks for the call last night! It was a good reminder of who is in charge of our lives and those that we love.

    This also encouraged me to follow through with a card to someone who’s hurting and needs a lift.

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