JUST ONE STATEMENT!
One of my daily lockdown activities is an early morning run and this week was no different but for a few unexpected incidences.
Earlier on this week, I got up rather late and that coupled with the fact that we’ve had the hottest day of the year so far meant that it was close to an unbearable running condition for me.
As I pushed forward through the uncomfortable journey, I started my self talk along the lines of, I don’t need to do a 6km run today as it’s a self appointed target. I would do well enough if I settled for 4.5km or max 5km run. As I got close enough to my home to act on that decision, I saw a postman. After exchanging pleasantries he passed a side comment about how hot and unbearable it was to be walking in this weather; let alone run. As he said that, I agreed with him and he then said ; ‘but we’ve got to keep going to get better!’ I agreed with his statement, as part of being polite; but his statement was enough to encourage me into pushing myself to go all the way with my original 6k goal.
Just one statement, said innocently by this gentleman made a difference in my subsequent actions and result. I received encouragement from this side comment and surpassed my limitations – both the physical and mental ones. If only he knew what value I got from his one statement.
The impact of this one statement on me got me thinking about the way we can also help others with our words. Just one statement can give someone hope, joy, peace, encouragement, life and so many other positive things. We however must care enough to see others and make the statement to help someone else.
God’s word says;
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29
Your word can build someone up today, so share an encouraging statement that will give grace and help to those who hear it from you today.
God is on your side!