Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Encouraged to be an Encourager

As I was going through my emails last week, I noticed one from my high school that was titled, "Blessed to be a Blessing."  I don't usually read the emails that my high school sends out, but the subject of this particular email caught my eye.  We are blessed to be a blessing.  God blesses us, not just so that we can keep it for ourselves, but so that we can turn around and be a blessing to someone else.

This got me thinking about something else...I am encouraged to be an encourager.

Let me explain.

One morning last week, I stood in front of the mirror for about twenty minutes trying to fix my hair, but no matter what I did to it, I felt that it looked like a big, frizzy mess.  I left the house feeling really horrible about myself.  I was prepared to go about my day with that miserable feeling following me around, but all of that changed very quickly. 

When I arrived at work, I was greeted by a smiling young lady who said to me, "Your hair is so cute."  I smiled really big back at her and said, “Thank you so much!"  I walked away just as happy as could be.  Her words changed my day...for the better.

There have been many times in the past where I have wanted to compliment someone, but I ended up holding back my words because I felt like they really didn't matter.  On that day, however, I realized that words - especially positive words - really do matter!  God used that lady to encourage me and lift my spirits, and now it is my responsibility to go out and encourage someone else.  Not only I am blessed to be a blessing, but I am encouraged to be an encourager

John C. Maxwell said it best:  "Remember, man does not live on bread alone: sometimes he needs a little buttering up." 

3 comments:

  1. So true! The Lord showed me where we fail to speak love, the enemy is speaking lies. It really encouraged me to speak up and compliment people or love on them, and not be shy or timid (as I am many times). Love this post!! I needa go butter some people up!! LOL <3

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  2. Amber, I love what you said..."where we fail to speak love, the enemy is speaking lies." That is an incredibly powerful statement and an awesome revelation. Praise God! Thanks for sharing that.

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  3. Beautiful! Don't hold those words, they are so powerful and you have to let them out. We as women have to encourage each other. Go on, sista' go forth and speak as the Holy Spirit will lead you to.

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