And what if you saw someone who did a great job and they were someone from the sidelines who never gets to do anything, but they nailed it. Would you say “hey, you did a great job. You nailed it!”
And what if you noticed someone you don’t even like and do not admire one little bit do something really awesome and great, but you said it anyway– “I noticed that you did a really awesome and great job, yes you did.”
And what if you saw someone who was gifted and you really wished you had their gifts and it was everything you could muster to say it, but you did because it was the right thing to do – and you said “you are so gifted. God bless you.”
would you just keep quiet because if you said anything it would go straight to their head and they may become conceited, and snobby, and holier than thou, and unbearable to live with, and snotty, and proud, and puffed up, and arrogant, and pompous, and boastful, and egotistical, and vain, and stuck-up, and smug, and become so full of themselves because of that one compliment that they might actually explode into instantaneous spontaneous combustion and that would be it – BOOM!
It could be scary to give a compliment and encourage but what if you were brave and courageous and took a chance, and told them you noticed,
it just so happened that it was the most important compliment in the world and maybe the only encouragement that they had this week, or this month, or this year, or this decade, or possibly the only sincere compliment they ever received, and they in turn might actually be encouraged to do more wonderful things again and again, and maybe even get the courage to encourage and build up someone else to do great and wonderful things, and thus forever positively impact the lives of people for generations …
all because you noticed
and said “good job.”
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT
by Cyndi den Otter (C)
November 22, 2012
Copyright 2012 November 22 Cyndi den Otter – All Rights Reserved May be used with author’s permission