How do you feel when someone acknowledges a positive characteristic in you? You’re elated, right? It’s like they’ve become the wind beneath your wings. I sincerely hope that each of you has someone in your life, that gives you the gift of encouragement. Now, I challenge you – be that person to someone else. Give the gift of words that are meaningful, valuable and impactful – words that lift up.
It is pleasant to hear that someone likes you or even loves you, but when they are specific as to why they feel this way, it takes you to a new level. Put some thought into your admiration and let them know what it is. Put a name to it. Following are some examples but don’t stop here – add the how, when and why that you’ve noticed this about them.
>You’re gifted in the area of ….
>You’re talented in the area of ….
>You’re an encourager.
How about when someone has a deep impact on you? Have you observed that they smile and lift the spirits of others? Are they a musician who impacts you with their music? Did they teach you or exhort you and open your eyes? Did they sweep in and help you to improve your living conditions? Does their gift give you joy? Do their writings inspire you? Has their input into your life, made you a better human being? Has their encouragement lifted you up out of a pit and put you upon a rock? Tell them. Write your thoughts down and give it to them. Your words have more meaning than you might realize.
One last thought, don’t overlook that person that appears to be confident. They are mostly self-assured but all humans need to receive encouragement and many long to know that they are positively impacting the lives of others. Life has a way of demoralizing even the most self-assured people. Your kind and thoughtful words, might be the boost that they need to continue on.
Be a characteristic specific encourager, and be sure to tell them the how, when and why. You might be the person that brings sunshine into a gloomy heart and mind.