Encouraging those around us: it is so direly necessary. We all need cheerleaders: those people in our life who help us stay up, hopeful, filled with faith. Those who love us as we are. We are usually very good at encouraging those who are closest to us. That can be easy.
But what about the others…you know…all of the other people that we encounter each and every day. Strangers. They need our encouragement too!
I decided a long time ago, I like compliments. It makes my day when someone tells me they like my crazy short haircut, or the shirt I have on, or how well behaved my kids are being–it does happen sometimes–the behavior and the compliments :). Those words FEEL GOOD. They make my heart swell. And not in a vain way, but in a hey! I made a good choice way! Someone noticed something good! Maybe it brought both of us joy! I can feel it all the way to my toes.
So I decided, I would hand out compliments. To random strangers. If I see someone who looks great, I tell them. If someone is doing something great. I tell them. If they make any sort of positive impact on me, I tell them, or if I think my words will have a positive impact on them, I tell them.
And the best part: the smiles I get back. I smile all they way to my toes. I feel like I am helping them stay up, hopeful, and filled with faith for our world. I am spreading the love of Jesus in a heartfelt way.
Melissa at yourmomhasablog.com just posted on this last month. Her words rang so true. She ends her post like this,” She probably has no idea that her comments still come back to me to this day, sweet encouragement at times when I need it. I want my words to hang delicious over someone’s head, always ready to breathe life and healing into them when they need some. It’s such a simple imperative: See the beauty and good in people, and say what you see. If we start today, who knows how much love we can dole out, one sweet word at a time?”
Check out the whole story. It is awesome. It will inspire you to spread some love, not just today, but everyday.