"Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up." Proverbs 12:25 NLT
Generations of people have sung, hummed or had Bobby McFerrins'ssong stuck in their heads. "Don't Worry Be Happy". If you know the song, (and most of you do), it is probably stuck in your head right now. While the song might have a catchy tune, it sticks with us because it is something that we all want. We want to be free from worry, andwe want to be happy. Singing the song might lift your mood for a while, but focusing on the truths in this week's verse can change your life.
It may be stating the obvious but worry and cheerfulness don't seem to be related. In fact, they seem to be opposing thoughts that can't coexist. We all know that worry isn't good for us. There are books written, pharmacy prescriptions offered and therapy sessions attended all to relieve us from the worry that seems to plague us. All of those things have their place, and I certainly don't intend to minimize their importance, but unless you are an author, doctor or counselor, it is not how you are going to help others not to worry.
Since worry and cheerfulness can't seem to coexist, all of us can help others not to worry by offering and encouraging word."an encouraging word cheers a person up."
Being separated in this season, isolated, and sheltered in places leaves many people alone with their thoughts. With so much negative information coming in, it can have a person dwell upon the wrong things and head into a worry spiral. "Thinking, talking, and worrying about what you don't want can never bring you what you do want." - Tommy Newberry. People need an encouraging word to bring them some cheer. We may be watching services, watching videos or somehow otherwise be consuming content in our own homes, but there is just no substitute for a personal connection.
It may take some effort, might take some planning, but it is so important for us to be intentional in each others' lives. We may not be able to change circumstances, but we can help to change thoughtsfrom worry to cheerfulnesswith an encouraging word. What you can do today for another, will cost you very little, but will pay enormous dividends. Offer an encouraging word. Make it genuine, make it specific, and make it sincere. And maybe, just maybe, someone will do the same for you.
And an encouraging word from me to you this day.
"The steps of a man are established by the Lord , when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand. I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread. " Psalm 37:23-25 ESV
This week reach out and offer an encouraging word. It just might lift the weight of worry from someone who needs to hear it.
In His Hands,