Proverbs has so many good verses about the words we speak:
"A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver." Proverbs 25:11 - Isn't that a beautiful picture! That word we speak in encouragement becomes beautiful and precious to the hearer.
"A man finds joy in giving an apt reply--and how good is a timely word!" Proverbs 15:23 - There is nothing that brings joy to a hurting heart more than someone who has gone through similar circumstances and spoken a word of encouragement to let us know they understand and we are not alone. They lift us up and allow us to continue on with more resolve and hope.
"The tongue has the power of life and death--and those who love it will eat its fruit." Proverbs 18:21 - The words we speak can kill the spirit within another person and destroy all confidence, self-esteem and feelings of worth so quickly. Those words are never easily forgotten and unfortunately cannot be erased easily from the mind. In some cases we are so overcome by thoughtless words that they drive our thoughts about ourselves years later. How much better to give the words of "life"--those encouraging words that push us forward to attain the goals set before us, that drive us to keep on going because we know someone cares about the success of our achievements.
Is there someone you know that you could speak an encouraging word to today? Everyone needs that pat on the back, that assurance from others that they are doing a good job, that they are not alone, that they can face the future with hope, that they are a beautiful worthwhile person in your eyes, and that God loves them. Look for opportunities to say "good job" to those around you!
Thank you for your encouragement to me!