Life is hard. We are busy, overwhelmed, stressed and tired. Ever have a day where nothing seems to go right? Sometimes a simple word of encouragement can completely turn your day around. Our local Christian radio station, KSBJ, is promoting “love that sticks” for the month of February and they are asking people to write encouraging words on sticky notes and leave them in random places. I love this idea.
I can remember last year seeing some of these notes on items in the grocery store, on gas pumps and even in the women’s restroom. Every time I saw one, it brought a smile to my face. It is truly amazing how one small word of encouragement can change your perspective and your mood. If seeing a random sticky note that says “Smile, Jesus loves you” or “God is proud of you” or “God cares about you” can brighten someone’s day, imagine how much more a personal word of encouragement can do.
We are so quick to complain or criticize. What if today, you choose not to complain or criticize? What if when the thoughts of complaints or criticisms come, you instead speak a word of encouragement. Instead of complaining to a friend or coworker, you encourage them? What if instead of criticizing your spouse or child, you encourage them?
I know in the world of text messages, Facebook posts and emails, writing a note or a card and sending it to someone almost seems out of date. However, receiving a note or card someone has taken the time to write can be very special. Take the time this week to write one note of encouragement to someone. Look around at the people in your life and see who might need to be encouraged. Do you have a friend who has been there for you? Tell them and thank them for what they have done for you and what they mean to you. Do you have a family member, coworker or friend who is struggling in their marriage, with finances or with an illness? Write a note to uplift them.
But encourage one another daily…
We have the ability to impact people’s lives everyday. Let’s choose today to make a positive impact by encouraging one another.
As followers of Christ, we have the blessing of His Holy Spirit dwelling within us. It can help us s