I found this post-it, written by my daughter, on the counter a couple of years ago. I hung it on our "to do" board as a reminder that this is important to do! Our words are powerful and it is important to use them to encourage each other and build each other up.
There is enough negativity floating around. Rather than participating in it, lets choose to encourage each other and build each other up! Lets put this on all of our to do lists today. When we think something good about someone else, lets share it with them! And when a person walks by and in place of encouraging thoughts, judgement creeps in...it is in these moments I offer for you to...
Pause. Breathe. Pray.
And let go of judgement and in its place seek for ways you can encourage and build this person up. I am not saying it will be an easy practice but when we choose to see the good in others and encourage one another instead of judging and tearing others down, the more peace we will grow within your heart, and their heart.
I hope at the end of today, we can can look back and see how planting seeds of encouragement and building others up is fuel for the soul:-)
"Encourage one another and build each other up"
-1 Thessalonians 5:11