Thursday, April 17, 2014
Do you remember those people in your lifetime? Do you remember those people who believed in you; who encouraged you to not give up and to dreams big dreams? I have those people in my life. I remember one such lady in my 8th grade. She was my English teacher. I can't even remember her name. I loved that woman. I was going through a difficult time in my life at that time. She picked up on it. I don't remember why. I don't remember if my grades were slipping or if I shared something in my journal writing or what. But she had me stay after class so that she could talk to me. And really she just listened. She just listened to me tell her everything in my life that was upside down right at that moment. She listened and she encouraged me. She encouraged me to write. She encouraged me to dream. She told me that it would be okay. I won't ever forget that. I have never told her how or what that meant to me. She may never know. But she touched a chord in my heart. She made a difference in my life. I want to be her - I want to be my English teacher to other people around me.
I've thought of people in the states, in Japan, in Canada, in the Philipines, in Thailand - that I have spoken words of encouragement to; words of hope. How many of them still have those pieces of paper, those text messages, those cards, those emails? How many still remember?
We have to remember that our words hold life or death in them. We have to remember the power of those words. Because what my friend didn't know is that the exact time when she sent that picture to me, I was asking God if I had made a big enough impact; if I had been enough, if there were enough people changed and healed and loved through my actions and through my words. She doesn't know (until now) how much that one text message impacted me.
This is gold. This is what the Christian life is all about. This is what community is all about. Life giving words. I believe that this is what Jesus meant when he said, "Your faith has made you whole." He was encouraging - he was saying "good for you." He was patting them on the back for a job well done.
I want to leave in the wake of my life, people impacted by my words - whether or not I ever knew it. At the end of the day, I want a line-up of people clutching little pieces of paper; holding text messages, remembering words spoken like gold; like treasures.
In this crazy mixed up world that we live in, everyone needs to be loved; everyone needs to dream; everyone needs to believe that they are worth it. I want to be that voice; I want to be that whisper into their soul:
You can do it.
You are worth it.
You are loved.
Who do you need to encourage this week? Who do you need to speak words of life to? Close your eyes. Ask God - he will tell you.