Do you know how powerful you really are? Many of us don't realize or fully know just how powerful our life can be. How is that true? Our power comes into play when we take the time to impart a blessing upon someone else. How do we impart a blessing one might ask? We do so by lifting up another higher than they were before. When we acknowledge someone's accomplishment, when we recognize someone's talent, gifting or ability, when we give someone praise for a job well done, we are sowing a seed of encouragement into their hearts that will never be forgotten or erased. When we share a kind word and let that one know just how special they are and how much they mean to us, they will never doubt their significance or importance.
As powerful as we can be in bringing encouragement, we can also be that destructive when we choose to belittle, mock or even dissuade one from believing that they are special at all. I can attest to the fact that hurtful words stay with you longer than you'd like them to. As a young teenager I had always dreamed of becoming an actor. I loved movies growing up and thought it would be amazing if I could be in the movies doing the same things that I admired seeing my favorite actors do. To my excitement and amazement there was an open call at my Junior High School and anyone who was interested in becoming an actor was invited to come in and meet with some talent scouts and audition for them with a prepared script that they provided. My turn came to read the script and I was beyond nervous. It only took me a few minutes to audition and afterwards they told me that they would send a letter in the mail letting me know if I was selected to participate in their acting classes.
A couple weeks later their letter came and one of my family members who I really looked up to had already opened my letter and when he saw me come in the room he began laughing and mocking and saying that I had not been chosen to participate in that acting school. I held a brave face in that moment, but a few minutes later when I was alone in my bedroom I could not stop crying. I don't know if it was the rejection letter or the rejection of my family member which hurt me more, but I do know that I never pursued acting again. I sometimes imagine what would have happened if I was told that I wasn't accepted at this time, but that I should keep trying, practicing and believing and maybe one day my dream could be a reality.
It is too late for me now, I don't think about acting much anymore because thankfully God has greater plans for my life. But I still remember the young teenage boy who needed a word of encouragement and that is why I dedicate my life to bring encouragement and inspiration to others so that just in case they are not hearing it from their family and friends, they can hear it from me consistently. They will hear that with God all things are possible. They will hear that with commitment and dedication every dream is attainable. They will hear that their past does not define their future and that as long as they have faith in God then He will lead them onto the best path for their life. (Matthew 19:26) (Isaiah 1:18)
That is why I believe we are so powerful. Our mouth has power to create or destroy. You have the ability to lift up or tear down. But you should ask yourself who will become better when you tear one down, when you discourage someone, when you tell someone not to believe or not to have faith that brighter days are coming their way? Why should we spend our energy destroying instead of affirming and embracing? I want you to remember my story from when I was a youth the next time you are tempted to destroy someone's confidence from believing in themselves as they should. Use your energy in a positive way, use your power to bring life and not death. When you do, you will be proud that your life was used in an extraordinary way to bring about a positive change in one's life. (Proverbs 18:21) (James 3:10-12)
I encourage you to think about the power that you possess and imagine being at the end of your life. Do you want to be remembered as one who imparted blessing and joy and life, or one who brought discouragement, disdain and death? Whether we realize it or not our life's memory will fall into one of these categories and it is for this reason that we should spread as much joy and harmony into this world so that our simple life can be used in an extraordinary way. That is my prayer for my life and for your life as well. (Matthew 5:16) (Philippians 2:2-3)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 12:15-18 “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
1 John 4:7-11 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”
Ephesians 4:29-32 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”
Romans 12:10-13 “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: WISE WORDS
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