The other day, while I watered our yard, I noticed how the blades of grass and leaves of plants seemed to perk right up. They appeared to brighten as the nourishing water soaked in.
I’ve mentioned before, my area of the country is feeling the effects of a year-long drought. There does not seem to be any relief on the horizon. I don’t even want to think what might help the situation, is the rain a hurricane could bring. I do not want to ever have to evacuate during a hurricane, again.
As I watered the grass and watched each blade spring back to life, I thought of how our words and actions could be the soothing, much needed water for someone we meet.
Think back to when the right words, or gestures, came to your dry and thirsty soul. Wouldn’t you like to do the same for someone else?
It really doesn’t take much to lift someone up. We only need to open our eyes and ears to those around us. Sometimes, that may mean closing our mouths to listen.
Is there someone around you who could use a comforting word? A kind gesture? An affirmation that they’re doing a good job?
Step out. Open the faucet. Be that gentle shower on a dry and thirsty land. Make a difference in someone’s life.
Is the fast food attendant wiping the counter where you’re filling your soda cup? Don’t act like they don’t exist. Tell them they sure are making that stainless steel shine.
Wave and smile to the men collecting your trash if you’re in the yard when they come by. They aren’t invisible, and neither are you. They are providing a much needed service. (If I will converse with a talking trash can, shouldn’t I speak to humans?)
Cashier at the store seem a little frazzled? Be pleasant. Tell her thank you when she’s done. I’ve related one instance of my time waiting tables, before. It can be brutal. Give your wait staff a break. Compliment them on a job well done.
Mother of screaming toddler in a public place? Say a prayer for her, and mean it.
Of course, opportunities to build up our family members and close friends abound. Do something nice for them, without being asked. Offer to help with something you know they are struggling with. Encourage their efforts. Applaud their successes. Comfort them when they are distressed. Give a needed hug. A listening ear. Pray.
Just like water on drought stricken plants, your kind words and gestures will bring relief to those in your sphere of influence.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. I Thessalonians 5:11
What do you do to build up one another? What have others done to build you up? I’d love to hear.
I wish you well.
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