"Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up..." ~1st Thessalonions 5:11
Today I met a man who is an encourager. He praised and uplifted in me in many ways, telling me what good things I do for others and why it matters so much. He looked kindly into my eyes to make sure I accepted the truth of what he said.
He is the husband of a co-worker, and I see that she is an encourager too. They have been together from their youth, and I can imagine them drawing strength from one another through the years as they have learned to do this.
I've been thinking a lot about praise and encouragement lately, because of my workplace and because of the TV show Madame Secretary. It features a high-positioned woman working in an environment where all her assistants do not like her decisions--and they tell her so.
How can one work under conditions such as this? Well, I suppose a lot of people do, both at work and at home. How sad. Quit that! My personality and background hasn't taught me much of this art, but I wish and hope I can do better.
Get out there and click those Facebook "LIKE" buttons, people! And throw a little face-time with sincere words in there too while you're at it.