Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wisdom for Wednesday - Encouragement

Well, hello there. So glad you stopped by for a little...


This week's quote comes from Rest Stops for Teachers compiled by Susan Titus Osborn. I actually had a story published in her similar book, Rest Stops for Busy Moms (years ago). Both are designed to give you a short, inspirational and uplifting read.

Anyway, take a look:


This quote was included in the book alongside a story about how one teacher taking the time to be an encouragement to an at-risk student completely changed the course of that young man's life. As teachers, we have that same opportunity each and every year, student after student. Let's be sure we are not too busy with the "stuff" of teaching that we miss out on giving the gift of encouragement to our students.

Now let's think about encouraging others...beyond our students.

If you read my summer bucket list, you may remember I've been working hard to finish a devotional book. The latest chapter is on being a willing servant to others--you could even say being willing to encourage others. 

Yesterday as I was writing, the Lord really worked on my heart as I considered who I am most willing to serve (or encourage). Too often I will stay in my comfort zone of family and friends. I'm quick to reach out to them when they are in need or to find little ways that I can brighten their day.

But what about the people outside my circle of family and friends? Do I look for ways to be a blessing to them?

Jesus certainly ministered to all people when he walked on this Earth, even spending much of his time reaching out to those who had been rejected by others. 

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men...
Galatians 6:10

Just a little something the Lord is making me think about...

Have a blessed day!


4 comments:

  1. I love the quote! It is so true. Encouragement and positivity are so constructive! Thanks for sharing.

    Kristin
    Teaching In A Nutshell

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    1. You're welcome, Kristin. Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment.

      Crystal

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  2. I just read a similar quote. I think it was something like, "90% of education is encouragement." Maybe we can replace "education" with "life." I've got some work to do.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. Oh, that is good! Thanks for sharing, Tammy!

      Crystal

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