A Kind Word

Have you heard the story about the boy walking home from school one Friday afternoon with all of his books and possessions? As this boy is walking home, he is bullied, trips and drops everything. To make things worse, his glasses are knocked off of his face and land a few feet away making it difficult to see. A little bit down the block Is another boy who sees the whole thing unfold. He quickly makes his way to the boy and helps him find his glasses and pick up all of his things. As they are chatting, they learn that they don’t live far from each other, so each takes half of the items and they continue walking home. They decide to spend the weekend together playing football and hanging out with other friends. Over the years, they become close friends and as graduation approached they knew that regardless of the miles college would put between them, they would forever remain friends. At graduation, they boy who had been bullied has the privilege and honor of being valedictorian. It is there that he tells the story of how they first met and how he had planned to end his life that weekend. The reason he did not, was because of his dear friend, someone who took the time to lend a hand in a time of need. Towards the end of the story are these words:

Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person’s life. For better or for worse. God puts us all in each other’s lives to impact one another in some way. Look for God in others.

This is a story that I saw years and years ago in an email. I was pleasantly reminded of it this last week when on two separate and random occasions, someone took the time to tell me how I had made a difference in their life. Wow!! Someone actually took the time to tell me how my actions and words impacted them and made them feel. They didn’t just think about it or assume that I knew, but they actually took the time to tell me. It never fails, God sends messages into our lives when we need to hear them. He also did it in such a way that helps me to think about not only how I impact others, but how others impact me. Do I take the time to tell others how my life has been blessed by them? Probably not as much as I should.

Maya Angelou once said that “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” While I believe that people do remember what is said and done, I think that the feeling someone has is stronger than the other two. Sometimes it is hard to hear praise about ourselves as we are modest and don’t want to draw attention to ourselves. However, we are all human and the kind words shared by someone can warm our hearts and make us feel validated and appreciated.

It is my hope that you will take a moment from your day every now and then to share with someone how important they are to you. To offer a kind word not only in the good times, but also in the tough and challenging times.

Thank you to everyone who has been and is a part of my life. Without you, my life wouldn’t be shaped the way it is today. I am truly blessed by everyone who crosses my path.

Dear God, Thank you for making a difference in our lives. Thank you for those who take the time to share with us how we have impacted their life in some way. Please help us to take a moment to share with someone how they have made a difference to us and not just assume that they know. Thank you for all of the blessings you have given us. In your name we pray. Amen.

April Schauer

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