“When you see something beautiful in someone, speak it”Ruthie Lindsey
At the beginning of the year I wrote a manifesto, a list of principles I want to remember and try to live by this year. It says things like “Be flexible with your days” and “Hold thing lightly” which have been even more important than I expected in this year of upheaval and change.
But one of the principles that I have been drawn back to recently is “Encourage always.” This was a reminder to me that when I see something beautiful in someone, I need to let them know.
We have been called to social distance. To be apart from people, and in some ways the fear of getting sick, means that we fear people. When someone sneezes in a carpark the response is less “bless you”, and more, “I hope I don’t get it!”
In this time of isolation and social distancing, words are even more important than ever.
What does this mean practically? It means I let my daughters know when they have been incredibly kind or helpful. It means when I think of someone, I send a card or short text.
It means when scrolling through social media, I pause not just long enough to double tap, but to send a message or write a comment. To let others know that I love what they are doing and encourage them.
I also have friends who have had to change their goals and dreams for this year and so many are stepping out into trying something new. People like my friend Klara who has started a new Facebook page encouraging mums, or my friend Delilah who has a song-writing retreat coming up. They are uncertain and unsure if what they are trying will work but they are trying anyway. And, when I see these people bravely stepping into new endeavours, I get so excited I have to send them a message.
It doesn’t cost me anything, to encourage, really, it takes less than a minute to type a message. If I send a letter or a gift, maybe there is the cost of a stamp every now and again. But, as the proverbs say:
A well-spoken word at just the right momentProverbs 25:11
is like golden apples in settings of silver.
The gift of an encouraging word can be as beautiful as well-crafted jewellery to the receiver. Who can you encourage today? Let’s be a group of women who encourage always and see how that changes the world.
Peace be with you,