Tuesday, August 11, 2009

It’s hard to overstate the power of the spoken word. Each of us has the capacity to speak life into others by encouragement. I’ve witnessed people come alive, reach their potential because others believed in them and spoke this belief to them.

What voices do you listen to ? Not only external, but internal ? I choose to play back to myself voices of encouragement, starting with God, whom I believe spoke the world into creation and speaks life into each of us. How does His voice come alive ? For me, it’s by internalizing His word, such that calling His word to my mind is a natural, almost automatic, reaction to circumstances in my life, both good and bad.

I also play back voices of encouragement from family, friends and fellow-workers. Gladney is a very encouraging place to work. Almost everyone here seems to actively think of ways to encourage. What a refreshing change for me personally. Even though I worked for financial institutions that I’m still proud to be associated with, encouragement was not exactly a valued commodity. Without realizing it at the time, I got a little beaten down; maybe lost a little life.

I’ve learned that everybody – all levels and all personality types – appreciates an encouraging word and becomes just a little more alive when they hear one.

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