The Power Of Encouragement
A teacher decided to honor each of her seniors, using a method developed by Helice Bridges of Del Mar, California. She called each of her students to the front of the class, told the entire class how the student had made a difference to her and the class, then presented him or her with a blue ribbon imprinted with gold letters, “Who I am makes a difference.”
After the ceremony, the teacher gave three identical ribbons to each student and instructed them to go out and spread this acknowledgement ceremony in the community.
One of the boys went to a junior executive in a nearby company and honored him for helping with a project. He gave the junior executive two extra ribbons, so he might honor someone who had impacted his life.
The junior executive gave his boss a ribbon , and the extra ribbon to pass on.
That night, the boss went home and told his 14-year-old son what had happened. Then he took out the extra ribbon and said, “As I was driving home tonight I started thinking about whom I would honor with this ribbon, and I thought about you. You’re a great kid, and I love you.
The boy began to cry as he said, “I was planning on committing suicide tomorrow Dad, because I didn’t think you loved me. Now I don’t need to.”
Loving can cost you a lot, but not loving always costs more.
For Today: Let’s not wait until tomorrow to tell someone how much they mean to you, for no-one knows what is going to happen tomorrow. A kind word, even a smile can be a light to them of God’s love towards us. Let’s spread that light today!!
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