Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

29 Nov 2017


People will probably forget what you said and they will possibly 
forget what you did . . . but they will never forget how you made
 them feel!
Either a good or bad word from someone will stay with you for a long while - but how they made you feel in what they said - will stay with you forever!!!
Of course there's two sides to this principle (as there is for most things in life) - both equally important!!!
One aspect is the negative, destructive one.   If we drive a nail into something, or a knife into someone (whether real or virtual) - even when we remove them - the resulting damage, or scar, remains forever !!!   Please stay aware of that - without focusing on it.

The other aspect of this principle - the one we really should focus on - is the power of encouragement!!!
The power of uplifting words or actions to another individual - or group of people - is almost impossible to measure - but the results will be sustainable if the words or actions are used consistently!!!
Many of us are in the practice of using positive self-talk and affirmations to keep us uplifted - or to overcome some deep adversity in our lives that has left a scar.   It is a great way to achieve good things and to maintain a constant "feel good" mentality - but just one little chunk of encouragement from someone else is usually far more uplifting (by a factor of ten - at least) and the affects longer-lasting.
My suggestion to you is to give encouragement on a daily basis - and if you're not particularly good at it - then try it for just one week and see how it feels - and observe the change in the dynamics of the people around you - they will be incredible..... once they're over the shock :)   One week of successful encouragement will change your entire life - because it will become a great habit!!!
Sure - it's easy to say nothing if someone in our lives does something that involves some level of achievement (no matter how large or small) - but your life (and theirs) will become far richer and more fulfilling if you can learn to give genuine praise and encouragement!!!   It may not even be achievement just yet - they may only be 'trying' to do something - but just not quite getting there (?).  
Your positive help just may allow them to reach the goal that they are so desperately seeking.  Give it a go - you've got absolutely nothing to lose - and so much to gain!!!
If you're striving for a particular goal yourself - let persistence, patience, and courage be your closest friends - you'll get there!!!

Written by Phil Evans

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