Everyday Stories

A Little Encouragment

…goes a long way.

That was so incredibly apparent to me this weekend.  I will admit, I’m not an athlete.  Dance has always been my “sport”.  But I’ve always liked volleyball and have played more frequently over the past couple of years.  I am well aware of my lack of stellar volleyball skills.  But as long as the competition isn’t too fierce I enjoy playing and have certainly improved.

But yesterday I played my absolute worst game. Ever.  I felt like a fool and a clutz on the court.  When I actually made contact with the ball, it was…well, let’s say “not pretty”.  I was playing with a great team and I knew that I was letting them down.  And the silence after every play confirmed it in my head – and psyched me out even more. 

But thankfully I was given another chance.  This time on another court.  This time I was playing with a group that was more vocal with their encouragement.  Instead of silence, I got “that’s alright, shake it off”.  And it didn’t take long before I was making actual plays and playing like I’d at least seen a volleyball before. 

The rest of the afternoon was a blast.  Was I a volleyball rock star? No. But the encouragement I was getting from the folks around me helped me step up my game and actually have fun doing it.

This isn’t exactly a new revelation to me, but I figured if it was something I need to be reminded of it might be worth sharing.  So, when you see someone struggling around you, don’t just stay silent or give them a hard time.  Give them a smile or an encouraging word.  You never know, it might just make the difference between failure and success for them. It’s a powerful thing to know that someone believes in you!

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue”
-Proverbs 18:21

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