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The Privilege Of Refreshing The Hearts Of Others
© Lee Wise 2003 All rights reserved
Encouragement is the art of refreshing the heart of another person. We do that in a variety of ways:
-We share a neat idea with someone.
-We give that special, "caring touch" to another.
-We say, "Thanks for being a significant person in my life!"
-We cry, laugh, or listen to someone in a way they know we care.
-We coach someone. We share with them attitudes and skills by which they could improve their life.
I'm sure you could add to this list. What ideas come to mind?
Think about the people in your world. Maybe one person from your world of work and another in your personal world. Think about these two people with the possibility of refreshing their hearts.
Name those people below:
Now take a moment or two and reflect on...
THE POWER OF "JUST ONE"
Just one kind word can make a big difference.
Just one surprise can cheer up a person's whole day.
Just one letter can bring hope to a friend.
Just one act of kindness can inspire others to do the same.
Just one phone call can mend a broken heart.
Just one sincere compliment can help someone say, "I can!"
Let the power of "just one" frame your way of thinking as you...
REFLECT ON THE TWO NAMES YOU WROTE DOWN
Looking at the names you have listed above, what "just one" action could you do that would refresh the heart of each person you named?
Remember: these don't have to be "big" actions. Keep your actions simple and meaningful.
Let me repeat those two ideas: Simple and Meaningful.
IT'S NOT A ONE WAY STREET!
Refreshing the hearts of others not only helps them -- it helps us. It helps us feel good about who we are and "what we are about" as individuals. It helps us maintain a sense of balance. It helps us in our homes. It helps us in our professional lives.
ONE LAST TIME...
ENCOURAGEMENT - The art of refreshing the heart of another person
© Lee Wise 2003
Yours for a day filled with beautiful moments in time,
P.S. Quick! While you are reading this and *without* reading anything again, complete this: "Encouragement is..."
Lee is a seminary administrator, has a part-time business at home, and writes two motivational ezines: "A Beautiful Moment In Time" and "Hope For Daily Living." Permission is given to distribute article. This paragraph must be included. Email:
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