Saturday, January 20, 2007

Encouragement for a Life

Do you ever wonder if what you do makes an impact on any one else? Does anyone really care about you? Well, wonder no more!

This is an excellent article about the difference one person can make in a life. To quote Bev Davis from the Register-Herald Reporter,on the passing of her former boss, Hutch:

"He was a man quick to praise young, struggling 20-somethings who thought we knew far more than we actually did. His encouragement, nevertheless, made us try harder and reach higher.

We have those same kinds of opportunities every day to write a signature over someone else’s life. When we offer encouragement, appreciation, gratitude or moral support, we’re signing off on their validity as a person. When we believe in them when others don’t or cheer them on when they’re struggling to overcome something, we’re signing their victory pledge.

That thought has made me more intentional about going out of my way this week to tell people what they mean to me. We need to reassure people that we value whatever contributions they make to our lives. Their presence among us makes a difference. We need to tell them so.

Our “signature” can help others feel more whole, more loved, more needed.

I’m thankful today for all the signatures written over my life by my parents, bosses, teachers, co-workers, ministers and friends."

It only takes a moment to impact a life forever!

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