I can keep everything for myself, close my fist, and hold it tight. Or, I can turn around and let wisdom, encouragement, and motivation trickle into others.
The best way to appreciate those who take time with me is to bless someone else.
We are all in a different place in our lives. There will always be someone ahead of me in the journey and there will always be someone behind me.
Turn around and look at the person following in your footsteps and take notice. Make time to ask about her about work and really listen. Save some energy to brainstorm his new idea. Encourage her latest achievement.
After all, picture this—you are standing behind the accomplished person ahead in the line. Isn't it great when they look back and smile?
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,
but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs,
that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29).
Build someone up today.
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About Lori Freeland
Lori Freeland, a freelance writer from the Dallas area, holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her other life, the one BK—before kids—she has worked as a social worker and a certified dyslexic reading tutor. Currently, she embraces her status as full-time homeschool mom to three awesome children. Her big dream? Becoming a Young Adult novelist, a goal she diligently pursues during the wee hours of the morning with help from a very large mug of coffee and occasionally some chocolate-covered peanuts. In addition to blogging and contributing regular inspirational articles to Crosswalk.com, The Christian Pulse, and Believe.com, she loves to mentor new writers and encourage people to share their life stories. As a member of the Cancer Mom club, she desires to connect with others in hopes of giving support to those struggling down the messy paths of life. You can find her hanging with the North Texas Christian Writers as a Critique Group Leader and Writing Coach or cheering on her writers on the Faith Team at The Christian Pulse where she recently took on the role of editor. She also loves to attend Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators meetings where she has begun a critique workshop for new writers. You can visit her website at LAFREELAND.COM.
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