2020 has been a really tough year, don’t you think?

COVID-19, murders and rioting, economic setbacks—there’s not a person in our country who hasn’t been affected. It’s all so very sad. I believe words of encouragement and love are sorely needed.

So this summer, I’m on a mission.

I want to deliver fresh words of encouragement to you weekly, in a short, simple format.

Each Tuesday, I’ll write a brief post consisting of 1 thought, 2 quotes and 1 question.

I’m calling it Encouragement One-2-One.

The thoughts I’ll be sharing are worth considering. The quotes will be inspiring. And the questions will merit pondering.

Occasionally, I’ll write long-form, more in-depth posts, too. But each week this summer, I’ll be here to encourage you with a few thoughtful words, One-2-One.

So here goes.

ONE GOOD THOUGHT:

“Talk small, stand tall and play ball.”

This old sports proverb applies to life. It means to play your game (or role) as best as you can, no matter what’s going on around you. Here’s my take on it for this year:

>Talk Small: Talk less about yourself. Limit expressing your opinion to a few, thoughtful words. This will free you to listen to other people and understand them better.

When you do talk about yourself, try to keep your words small. Humble. Careful. Fair. In other words, talk small. Sometimes, this is hard for me. But I’ve learned that when you talk small about yourself, it frees you to talk big about others, about constructive ideas and most importantly, about the Lord.

>Stand Tall: If you belong to Christ—nothing on earth (viruses, injustice, hatred) can change it. In fact, you are so valuable to Him, He died to save you. And because you matter to Him, you matter. The Lord even gave you His name—wear it with pride this week. Beloved of God, this is who you are (1 John 3:1). Stand tall in Christ each morning; it will change how you live your day.

>Play Ball: Don’t sit on life’s sideline this year, vegging-out or freaking-out. Here’s why: you will never get this year back, so don’t waste a single day. Live it fully and play your game well.

Here’s how: be excessively grateful for 3 different things each day. Refuse to complain. Read an encouraging book. Learn. Turn off the news. Be positive. Work hard on something worthwhile. Serve others. Live as if you’re on mission, because you are. Your mission is to love God and others. At home. At work. Wherever you go.

Talk small, stand tall and play ball!

2 GOOD QUOTES:

“Be positive, not because life is easy. Be positive because life can be hard. It’s not Pollyanna. It’s about trusting God, overcoming obstacles, finding a way forward, and believing the best is yet to come!” (Jon Gordon)

“So be very careful how you live, not being like those with no understanding, but live honorably with true wisdom, for we are living in evil times. Take full advantage of every day as you spend your life for his purposes.” Eph. 5:15-16 TPT

ONE GOOD QUESTION:

“Someone out there is wishing for the opportunity that you have today. Your time is your wealth: how are you going to use it?” (Kevin Elko)

I’d like to rephrase the question this way: This week is your wealth: how can you spend it wisely? Feel free to leave your positive thoughts below.

Have an intentional, meaningful and blessed week!

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