This week I ran into someone I haven’t seen since high school. Out of the blue, he asked if I was still writing. He remembered that I loved to write in high school and they’d pass my stories around to be read. He said they were really good stories. I was shocked by his memory.
One other time this has happened. It was at the very beginning of me working on my first novel. I hadn’t seen this friend since high school either. I hadn’t told ANYONE I was writing. Just the thought of telling anyone made me shake! We’d already said our goodbyes and I was walking away when he asked if I was still writing.
What a gift these two old friends gave me. The words spoken at the beginning of this writing journey have echoed in my mind for five years. The encouragement I was given on Wednesday will stay with me for the next five at least! Those encouraging words were gifts from God.
I’ve been given so much encouragement over this writing journey. So many have asked about my writing, shown interest, asked to read my stories, prayed for me and have offered encouraging words.
I’ve been humbled time and again. How many times have I held back an encouraging word or not shared a memory? How many times have I not said anything because I think that person’s dreams are unrealistic? I’m learning it isn’t for me to decide. God has a huge plan for each one of us and if He can use my mouth to encourage, I should let Him!
To encourage someone is free. It doesn’t cost a thing.
To receive encouragement is PRICELESS. Those words will never be forgotten!
Encourage someone today!!