Frequently I am reminded of the power of encouragement, and conversely, of discouragement. And so often it takes so little to do either! I had a great moment of encouragement from one person this week – and a tiny moment of discouragement from another. The first person was very conscious of wanting to encourage me – the second probably didn’t realise they were being discouraging at all.
I need to stop and think constantly – how am I being encouraging today? Or when am I being discouraging, usually from mere thoughtlessness?
To someone, it may make the world of difference.