After I hit publish on my last blog post, I received a message on facebook. This message let me know that my blog is a blessing to this woman and that she fully believes that others are being reached through my writing.
Now, I am not saying this to brag. I’m not looking for attention or for anyone to offer up more compliments. It just made me start thinking that we don’t tell people enough how we feel about them.
Every day we are on social media. Do we throw out a random like or do we just mindlessly scroll and say nothing? I know, personally, I like a lot more things than I actually comment on. Or I just don’t do anything at all. I just don’t take the time. But this message was absolutely balm to my soul. I’ve struggled with getting back into writing and sometimes it just feels like too much. Not needed, not wanted, not worth the effort. This comment, that took very little time to write, re-set my brain to remember why I write.
What if we all started taking a minute to tell someone that they blessed you? What if we reached out to let others feel that they are loved and seen?
Maybe it would give someone the little boost that they need to carry on if we took the time to tell them how much they mean.
- The mom that is at home every day with small children
- The widow that is trying to move through grief and learn how to parent without her husband
- The working mom that is trying to balance it all
- The mom that is starting a work from home business so that she can be with her kids and contribute to her family’s income
- The single teenager that is trying to survive high school and figure the world out
- The grandmother who is seeing their children or grandchildren self-destruct and are powerless to do something about it
- The girl that has always battled weight and is now committed to being active and eating well
- The woman that is appearing to be seeking attention, because you know that there are deeper issues going on
We just never know what is going on behind closed doors. We never know what someone is hiding. We never know what is behind the smile.
Maybe your 30 seconds that it takes to write a heartfelt comment to someone will give them the strength to make it to bedtime. Or the will to carry on when everything looks bleak. Or the ability to walk away from the cookie that is calling out of loneliness or boredom. Maybe it will give fresh inspiration to the business builder that the hours and hours of seemingly worthless work really is paying off; maybe it really is worth the grind.
We all want to be seen, loved, and known. Are you willing to take a minute and be that light in someone’s life?
At some point we have all wanted to throw in the towel, we have all wanted to quit.
My mom is an amazing example of this type of encouragement. She is always sending out cards with Bible verses on them and a little note telling the recipient how good they are doing.
Does this take a lot of time? nope
Does it take a lot of money? nope
Does it encourage and let someone know that they are worth the time and energy it took to send it? yep
Does it make someone know that you are thinking about them and that they are doing a good job? yep
We need to give away what we need. If we want to feel loved, valued, and seen, we need to start by giving it away. Reach out to someone that inspires you, or someone that you know is walking through a rough time, or just someone that posted something that you liked.
As I get older, I realize how much we were made for community. I realize how much we need to be involved in others’ lives and how much we need them involved in ours.
So, take the time to reach out and encourage. You never know much someone may need it. You never know when you may be an answer to prayer. You never know when your words were exactly what someone needed to hear at exactly that time.
Send a text, send a FaceBook message, send a snail mail card, send a little gift, give them a phone call……just do something. Be a blessing. You will feel better because of it and so will they.
Have you ever received just the right words at just the right time? How did it affect your mood, day, business, parenting, marriage? What can you do to bless those around you?
Let’s connect…..share ideas below in the comments or share an instance where you were blessed unexpectedly!
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(and to you that sent me the message, thank you!)