Thank you. I admire you. I appreciate you. These are such simple words to say, but few of us take time to say them. You and I have each been in that place where we needed a word of encouragement. Do you remember how it felt? Hopeless, fearful, and lonely. But someone was brave enough, someone loved you enough to speak life and courage into you when you most needed it.
I have several examples of times I needed to hear some encouragement.
Anytime I’ve had to make a huge decision, my wife has been there to believe in me more than I believed in myself.
Once, during a very stressful time of work, I left the office early in the morning to go handle bus duty. When I returned, my 8-year-old son had used my label maker to print a note that said, “I love you have a nice day”. It reminded me that I didn’t need to impress him. Someone (my son) loved me for who I already was.
During Valentines Day, I received several small gifts and cards from students and teachers. Two brightened my day the most. One was from a staff member that said, “You are a true blessing to our school. Thank you for all you do.”. Another from a tiny Kindergarten girl really made me smile. It had Barbie on it and said, “You’re a princess in progress”. I wasn’t sure how to take that one!
Finally, a staff member sent me an email today that was extremely encouraging. She said,
“Thanks for your help and for the endless hours you put in to make things run as smoothly as they can. As my son calmly said to me a short while ago while I was pulled aside at a gas station, “Let’s take this thing one battle at a time!” It’s when people I influence say calming and encouraging things like that, I am reminded I must be doing something right. You have done many good things for our school in the short time you have been here. Thank you for leading us.”.
Question: Who do you need to encourage today?
Two minutes can change their entire day. Please comment below and let us know some of the most encouraging things you’ve heard lately.