Saturday, July 11, 2015

Building a Stairway

“The purpose of life is to be useful,
honorable, compassionate, 
to have it make some difference 
that you have lived.” 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the sweetest ways for
us to make a difference is by helping 
others believe that their lives matter.
The battle everyday is for significance.

The bottom line is that life can be hard.
And sometimes hard shows up unexpectedly.
Something comes up, whether from 
inside or out, and we can feel overwhelmed,
discouraged, sad or insecure.
We can believe that our lives don’t matter. 

That’s why little things matter a lot.
We give someone a smile or a compliment,
send a text, email, or letter,
ask someone how they’re doing and
listen with our whole heart,
affirm them in a way that is meaningful,
tell them we care about them,
notice that they do something well, 
offer a perspective that helps them see
their circumstances a little differently.

Oh, the power of an uplifting word!
It always accomplishes more than we think.
When someone takes a deep breath of courage,
everyone around inhales with them.
We always gain more than we give.
Encouragement builds a stairway 
that helps others climb higher, 
up to where light can help them see
more clearly. Even if just one step.

Kindness through encouraging words
has the power to build stairways.
A beautiful way to live a life that matters.
Encourage one another daily
Heb 10:25

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