Encouraging or Discouraging?

The following is an excerpt from an article I read this week about encouraging other, it was a powerful reminder about how much we can  affect others in even little ways for Christ , for good.

 

“Words matter. As soon as God created mankind, he engaged him verbally. Merely speaking with (not at) people can affirm their existence. You talk to me; therefore, in a sense, I am. Simply greeting someone who walks through a room can be affirming to the individual and uplifting to everyone in the environment.

And like water to a dry garden, speech has the strange and wonderful power to penetrate the soul and bring refreshment. A good word overcomes anxiety: “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad” (Proverbs 12:25).

Words have been endowed with the capacity to change lives, to bring arresting transformation. They have the curious and uncanny power to make living things die or bring dead things to life: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits” (Proverbs 18:21).” (Sam Crabtree, 20 Ideas for Encouraging Others)

 

🙂 Vicki