Do you cherish nice things people say about you? or to you?
Do you save the occasional email that has words of encouragement or praise?
Perhaps I’m strange, but I do this. I save these things so that sometime in the future, when I may be having a bad day or going through a difficult time I can open them up, read them and feel encouraged, or blessed.
I lead a pretty blessed life. I have a job that I enjoy, plenty of food, clothing and shelter. My parents live nearby. My husband and daughter are both healthy, wonderful, amazing people. And I get to do things that I really enjoy, just for fun.
For many people on our planet, what I just described looks like a life of ease and luxury. They spend their time scraping to come up with enough food, they live in conditions that you wouldn’t put your worst enemy from 5th grade through. they have no access at all to safe water. Never mind clean or clear, let’s just settle for “safe”…nope. can’t find any. Their daughters are prey to the sex trade and they have no access to legal re-dress. They wouldn’t even know where to start.
If an encouraging word is a cherished possession for someone like me, can you imagine how important it could be for children growing up in environments like that ?
If you sponsor a child through Compassion International (or some other agency) write to them. Bless them with words of encouragement.
Give them a gift that they can literally pull out of their pocket and read. Over and over and over again. Anytime they need it, your voice can be there.
But only if you write.