Sticks and Stones: Debbie Downer - Friday
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’’
Have you ever wanted to stand out from everyone else? Had the desire to be called special? I think we all feel that way from a very young age. It’s like the mother who was sitting at her baby girl’s dance recital. She watched as each tiny ballerina took her turn twisting and twirling; they would stand on their toes and look out into the audience, searching for the face of their mama. Looking for approval and affirmation. Looking to make sure she was looking at them. It was as if each of them were saying, “Do you see me? Are you watching me? Are you proud of me?” They wanted to know, even if they weren’t the best dancer, that their mom was locked into only them. And one by one, as the mom’s locked eyes with their daughters they each nodded approvingly, proudly. Sometimes it doesn’t even take words to give someone approval or disapproval. Sometimes all it takes is a knowing glance. A smile. A thumbs up. Our world is full of negativity and disappointment, and you have the opportunity to let someone know that they are loved just the way they are. Not everyone is going to be the best dancer, but each of us is worth being seen. At the end of our lives, God is going to do that for us. We all long for the day we will hear him say the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” What we might not realize is that God has given us the ability to do that for others this side of Heaven.
- Your words are powerful. You have the ability to speak life and positivity into another person. Who do you need to affirm today?