It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Chapter 9, Page 4, Book 13

Instruction does much, but encouragement does everything. 
Johann von Gothe
A simple word of encouragement can foster within us a sense of trust and a desire for unity, because to encourage, one person must come alongside another.
Encouragement reminds us of how incredibly valuable and valued we are. We may have exceptional qualities or gifts that other people can see more clearly than we can.

Too many people these days walk around thinking they're nobodies with nothing to offer and no beauty, either inside or out. In this world full of pain and poor self-esteem, a simple kind word can be like a spring of fresh water in the desert.  Even if you’re in a very difficult place in your life, words of encouragement can fill you with hope that you’ll see a brighter day soon. 

Don’t underestimate the power of encouragement! Try to become an encourager yourself. It may take a while to develop this gift. But you can start out by choosing to say at least one encouraging thing each day, especially to your spouse, a family member, or a close friend.  Isn’t that what most of us want? Somebody who will believe in us, hear us when we’re hurting, and cheer us on when we’re running the race.

Most people will feel honored and maybe even surprised that someone noticed something exceptional about them! But sometimes your words can go much further than you expect!


betty said...

I so agree, Ma, about developing the art of encouraging and trying to encourage others the best we can. Everyone always likes to hear something good about themselves, sadly a lot of people go days without hearing such a thing. Great reminder for us all!



To many people do not get the encouragement they need in life. This is good advice.

jack69 said...

One thing you are not short on is encouragement. Love it.
As always, a great read.

Chatty Crone said...

I do think that when you forget yourself and try to make others happy - you will be happy too.