My Ink Dance

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Why It’s Important to Encourage People

I was walking through the store, somewhere between the meat section and the fish counter, and I saw a familiar face. I smiled and headed right over, there was no need to duck into the cereal aisle for cover. I was happy to see a friend. We chatted for a few minutes, and then she said the words that I didn’t even know I needed to hear.

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“I’ve missed your blog.”

I wasn’t sure how to respond. The truth is that I deserted my blog two months ago, only having the weekly scheduled posts that I set up at the beginning of summer. I hadn’t set fingers to keyboard other than email and Facebook. And standing there next to the shrimp I realized the truth was that I was scared.

Scared that my words didn’t matter.

Scared that I was wasting my time.

Scared that I was an imposter.

But those four words, spoken gently with a smile, reminded me that my art is important, even if it’s just to one person. Words matter, oftentimes more than we realize.

I don’t think my friend had scripted the four words that would encourage me to come back to this place. She wasn’t planning to find me and tell me anything profound. She simply spoke her heart and in doing so spoke to my own. We never know when a simple kind word will make a difference in someone else.

Say the compliment.

Tell someone what they mean to you.

Show kindness.

Take the time and speak your heart, it can have more impact that you ever know.

Linking up words to encourage one another today.

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

8 Replies

  1. Becky, this post comes right on time for me in more than one area. Thanks so much! Your words encouraged me. I’ve been feeling discouraged and “less than” in the blog/writing world this week.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Isn’t it funny how the right words can bring life and hope. And not only to the person they were intended for, but they fall like dominoes leaving a trail of life and hope for others too?! So glad you were encouraged today!

  2. Amen Becky! It’s such a struggle in this whole new blogging realm wondering if what we are doing matters–especially when we don’t achieve the ‘rock star’ status that some others have…and that we selfishly might desire too. I’m realizing that God calls us to be influencers and encouragers no matter whether it’s to a crowd of 1 or 1,000. I’m learning to keep my ego small and my God bigger. Thanks for sharing an encouraging word today! ♥ You neighbor at Holley’s!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Wow! This whole words blessing people thing is amazing. “I’m learning to keep my ego small and my God bigger.” So much in that sentence that I needed to hear. Thanks for visiting and thank you even more for sharing your heart!

  3. Great encouragement. Thank you. 🙂

    1. Becky Hastings

      🙂 We’re all in this together!

  4. Becky,
    I know that our approval must come from the Lord and not people, but the kind and encouraging words are often just what we need as affirmation from Him to continue what we are doing! Thank you for your encouraging post because you are so right – it IS important to encourage people!! I’m so glad I stopped by from #TellHisStory!
    Blessings and smiles,

    1. Becky Hastings

      Sometimes, this is the very thing that makes me realize just how much of a child I still am — we all are. Sometimes we need something more tangible to get us through. Thanks for visiting today!

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