The Gift Of Encouragement
It never ceases to amaze me that people find it so difficult to tell others the good they see in them. It is easier to say someone is a good catcher or first baseman than it is to say to a friend, ” You have a good heart or a wise old soul. So hard sometimes to tell a mother that you cherish her, that you carry her positive messages in your head to use when life gets rocky. It is easier to tell your father you think he’s a good mechanic. It’s harder to share with him how grateful you are for all the times he showed up for your ball games or spent hours in the back yard teaching you how to catch, or modeling for you how to become a loving father.
It seems we forget to tell our sisters, that because of them, we learned skills quicker, learned how to catch a boyfriend, and learned from them how to navigate the twists and turns along the road of life. It is hard to tell our brothers how much we appreciated their protection while growing up. We crack jokes with family members, tell on each other with our stories, and even hesitate to tell them we like them.
We struggle with telling our teachers how much we appreciate their help, their attention, and caring in becoming the people we are today. We date, tell someone we love them, marry, and have children, only to find ourselves unable to say thank you for the little things they do to make our lives easier and happier. We have people in our lives who have been mentors, soul mates, who know us better than our families know us. We rely on them when life becomes confusing and unbearable. They are there for us, loving the good and the bad, and they make sure we know they have our backs regardless.
Life does not stand still for any one. People become lost, forgotten, and sometimes they die. The opportunity to tell them how we feel can disappear tomorrow. We can only be sure of this moment in time, to open our hearts and speak the words that mean so much to our starving souls. As human beings, we need to know we matter, that we count in this world. We need to hear we make a difference in the lives of others. We need to be told that we are good people, that we inspire others, that people can see Christ moving in our lives. We need to hear the words: ” I love you. I cherish you. I am glad I am your son. I cherish being your daughter. I am grateful to be your husband. I am honored to be your wife. You inspired me as a teacher. You were a great mentor and changed my life. I love you, sis. Thanks for watching my back, bro. I will never forget you were my friend. ” Take the time to tell those around you that they matter. Encouragement nourishes the soul.