Skimming my e-mail before work one morning, I saw a message from a church member with these two words:
In the hurry that I was in, I quickly responded, “Thanks, that’s encouraging! I didn’t think anyone even read it!” …then off to work I went. I was so excited that someone had enjoyed my blog. All day long, I was planning in my head what the next subject matter would be. I hadn’t been blogging in recent months. I can’t say I was discouraged, but it took a lower place on the “priority list” – after all, who reads it??? But I was psyched up and ready to roll once again after those two encouraging words!
Later on that evening when I had more time to read my e-mail, I realized those two words were not actually about my blog! – It was one of those spam advertisements that uses one of your contacts! It referred to another website blog about some kind of vitamin. After a dose of humiliation…and a great deal of belly laughter, I realized something. Just two words, two encouraging words stirred my heart to do greater things. Those two words caused enthusiasm to return and a new zeal to do the work of ministry.
I am reminded of how important it is to say a kind word of appreciation when someone deserves it. So many people do “behind the scenes” work and just a “thank you” would make their spirits soar. The Bible tells us to “encourage one another daily.” It doesn’t take much or even a lot of effort. Just two words could lift someone’s spirit and give them new zeal for the Lord. I will make the effort, how about you?
“Excellent lesson learned!”