Timely Words

A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25

The potential for negative news during a day is astounding. Newscasts, project problems, family, friends, car problems, they all can weigh heavily on you. If this negativity weighs heavily on you, think about your co-worker or family member. Chances are good that they're experiencing similar problems. The day drags on and you need a little “pick me up.” You need, as Proverbs says, to be refreshed.

Everyone – everyone – needs encouragement. The general principle in this verse is this: refresh someone; be refreshed. The act of encouraging or recharging someone’s emotional batteries is enough to give yourself a boost. It doesn't have to be grandiose or the most eloquent words ever spoken. A simple, timely compliment could be the difference between a headache-filled day and one that turned out well despite all the obstacles.

Don't underestimate the power of a few timely words of encouragement.

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