Some quotes stand out and this is one of them: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” (Maya Angelou)
That quote, along with some wonderful examples of it, have enriched my week and prompted this article. As we all have experienced during this last year, some days seem to contain nothing particularly encouraging and some days, even less. Please forgive me if I seem “down” (I’m not, honest) and that’s not my intention, but I am being honest in assuming that I’m not the only one who’s gone through some tough times.
In order to give myself a figurative kick in the rear end (can’t do it physically), I asked God to provide some extra inspiration and reassurance of His presence. Wow, did He answer me!
Here are just a couple of examples: several men from our church congregation came over on their own and did some major work on our home. Unsolicited help with no acceptance of monetary compensation was a boost we couldn’t have imagined.
Then, major work on our vehicle required a ride to and from the auto dealers. Both were willingly offered without compensation.
Finally, I’m still reeling with amazement and appreciation for an unexpected visit from six prairie friends who decided to come by our place to encourage and pray for us. There are no words to express the depth of my thanks.
On at least three occasions, the Apostle Paul spoke of the importance of these kinds of encouragement.
Shared convictions: “encouraged together with you by … mutual faith ….” (Romans 1:12)
Learning together: “… that all may learn and be encouraged.” (1 Corinthians 14:31)
Sharing God’s love: “that hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love….” (Colossians 2:12)
This week, how can I/you encourage someone else?