What does encouragement feel like? I find it comes in many different ways.
- A thumbs up for a job well done
- A hug when I most need it
- A kind word
- A friend who prays with me
- A written note with words of kindness
- A comment after writing a blog post
- Hearing the voice of my dad on the phone
- A personal email from a blog friend I've never met
- The voices of little children calling Miss Debbie
- Watching four year olds play 'teacher'
Words matter. It often seems the ones that stick aren't always words of encouragement. I try to keep that in mind as I interact with both adults and children.
I remember the words of my pastor some years ago. We were asked to greet one another and welcome any who were new. Often people go through the cursory 'hi' and sit down. However, he shared a story of an older woman who once told him the only hug she receives each week is at church. I want to remember that and be mindful.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
New International Version (NIV)
11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.STOP
Blessings and love,