Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.
How encouraging are you? Our tongue is a tremendously powerful instrument. We can say to our wives, “I’m praying for you.” Just saying that, would tell her how much we care. She might answer, “Well if you’re praying for me, I’m going to pray for you.” Good, now we’re both talking to God. We might say to our son, “We know that you have prepared for this exam and that you’re going to do a good job. Let’s pray over that test.” And thus, we are encouraging. The problem is that we don’t do that very often. Usually the response might be, “Well this isn’t done right and that isn’t done right.” Or, “You shouldn’t have done this or that.” We have a tendency to pick everything apart. Conversely, we can work ourselves silly trying to please people but then we find people criticizing us and all they do is focus on what we didn’t do. We might call it “constructive,” but the reality is that it is “destructive.” An example of constructive criticism would be, “Hey, you’re doing a great job, but let me show you another way that may be better.” We probably should call it “constructive encouragement.” Just a good word will get anyone through the day. Do you need encouragement? Of course you do. Give out a good word today and encourage others! “Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing” 1 Thessalonians 5:11.