At work, at school, at church, and sometimes even at home. Do you ever feel like the only time you hear from people is when you have done something wrong? Or when others think you should be doing better, more, etc.?
We live in a world where kind words and genuine praise are out of the norm.
I have been on a quest to learn more about generosity this year. Chris and I have thought a lot about how we can be on the look-out for ways to be generous in our daily lives. This includes giving money to church and others, but also in how we can generously serve others with our time, talents and other resources.
This morning, it hit me! We should also be generous with our praise for others.
Last weekend, I went to a Mini-Photography Camp for kids at our church. It was absolutely wonderful! The next day (Sunday morning) at church, a man who had attended the event was grabbing people in the church lobby to tell them how awesome the event was! I immediately texted my friend that led the event to let him know this man was spreading the word at how great it was! I told Chris about it on the way home, and we both thought it was awesome! We should be doing more of this! Recognizing and praising others for good things…and telling other people what we’ve seen our friends do!
Yesterday, someone did something really nice for me. I sent this person an email saying how much I appreciated what he did and that I thought he was wonderful. It was a quick, simple, short email. When I got an email back from him, the first word he wrote was “Wow!”
And this morning, I thought “That’s it! We should be so generous with our praise for others that they are shocked! We should make them stop, think and say WOW!”
Hebrews 10:24 says “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
Praising someone for something good or great that they have done is encouraging! It makes them want to do more of that!
One of my friends posted this article today where a high school boy posted pictures anonymously of kids from his school for a whole year and said nice things about them. It talked about how blown away the kids were at the nice things said about them. It’s a good read!
What if we gave praise generously?
What if we were known for our kind words?
What if we went around surprising the people around us by praise and appreciation of them?
What if all Christians did this?
It could change lives.
It could make things better.
It could slowly but surely change the world.