Last week my church finished up a series about our “blind spots.” For four weeks the pastors had spoken about the people we tend to miss when we look around, the people we forget about, the people who just might need our love most of all. The pastor suggested we channel a little Sherlock Holmes as we go about our day to figure out who might need an extra smile or word of encouragement.
If you use a little deductive reasoning (or is it actually “inductive reasoning”? I could never keep those two straight.), you might start noticing that you encounter lots of people who are desperate for a kind word or listening ear.
You can share encouragement in so many ways:
Smiling at the grumpy cashier.
Looking your kids in the eyes and asking how their day went – and then listening.
Thanking your husband for grilling dinner or putting in another long day at work.
Giving your waitress a generous tip, even if she didn’t keep your glass filled to the brim.
Buying Starbucks for your assistant or your boss or your children’s teacher.
Telling the janitor or trash man or landscaper that you appreciate his work.
Sending your parents a letter or calling them just to say hello.
Holding open the door.
Raking your neighbors’ leaves or shoveling their sidewalk.
Or – sending a card with a thoughtful word, a kind sentiment, a piece of encouragement.
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Is it possible that you know a person – or several people – who could use some encouragement? Whose day would be made by hearing that you think they’re great? Whose life might be changed by a reminder that you believe in them?
Who can you encourage today?
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