Influencing culture for the Kingdom

Proverbs 12:25 AMP

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good (encouraging) word makes it glad.” 

There is no shortage of things to weigh a persons heart down these days. When a boulder is dropped on the pile of life it may seem unbearable. Without God in your story it actually may be unbearable. I’ve watched people go through the most painful of situations such as the loss of a child or loss of a spouse. I honestly do not know how they survive those experiences without God in their story. Too often drugs, alcohol or other things that have a deleterious effect on ones life are tried. I have lived long enough and seen enough life to realize that almost everyone is going through something that the rest of us are unaware of. With that in mind the truth of this verse becomes even more powerful. A word of encouragement is never wasted or unnecessary. The power of the positive spoken word is immeasurable. Notice I did not say the power of the corrective, instructive or rebuking word. There are definitely times for those but more often in life, much more often, a gentle, clear, simple word of encourage may be life changing but at the least it is certainly cause for a lightening and gladness of heart. Today speak words of encouragement to everyone you encounter and help create a joyful environment. #BeTheEdge

“Therefore encourage and comfort one another and build up one another, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:11‬ ‭AMP‬‬