A Word every day to get you on your way!
Here is the Daily Dose for Monday, May 18, 2020.
Therefore, encourage one another to build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
“You look amazing, princess!” This was the response of one of my buddies as his daughter came bounding down the stairs in their home, yelling daddy how do I look. He didn’t blink. He didn’t hesitate. He just told her she looked terrific. Now while she is an adorable child, at the time, she was wearing one rain boot, one sandal, a pink tutu, and a police costume top. In reality, she looked crazy, but who would tell a child that? You don’t want to hurt their feelings, and you want to encourage them to explore their creative impulses. So you tell them they look amazing to build them up in a world that may not always see the best in them. Any of us would have done the same thing.
The funny thing is, at some point, we stop doing it. I’m not sure when exactly it happens, but at some point, instead of building each other up with our words, we start tearing each other down. We stop seeing that little girl who is being expressive and that little boy who we want to encourage, and we start just throwing words around recklessly. Those reckless words are the ones that tear down self-esteem, sow seeds of depression, and have launched millions of side-eyes that will never be straight eyes again.
Friends, no matter if someone is 5 or 55, they need our encouragement. We all need someone to see the best in us and speak to that part of us. We need someone to tell us that we look great when we don’t. We need someone to tell us that we have good ideas after we have made a mistake. In short, sometimes we just need someone to treat us with kid gloves. So take some time to encourage someone. Take some time to see the little kid who they used to be and encourage that little one to keep going. You never know, one day you may need someone to encourage you too.