“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.” Mother Teresa
Our Team recently conducted an amazing activity! Kelly set apart one of our weekly meetings to use for personal and team building; we used our words to encourage each other. We were paired up with a teammate and given five minutes to share gifts and strengths displayed by this co-worker. We shared business and personal attributes that our partner brings to the iBloom Team, our clients, and those around them. It was a time of love, joy, laughter, tears, and uplifting speech that left us all filled to the brim with encouragement!
As Kelly shared about this experience on her facebook page, women commented how they wished to be part of an exercise like this. They expressed wishes of being on a Team like iBloom where we not only work together to serve clients, we also serve each other. It made me think of several times in my life when I have participated in similar uplifting exercises. Here are two examples:
*My Life Group does this at least once a year. We are five women doing life together. We strive to live a life that pleases God through study, prayer, activities and lots of laughter. About once a year, we spend an evening with each member in the “hot seat”. The rest of us share words, expressions, and actions that sum up our friend’s strengths. Our one rule is the one being honored with words can’t say anything – they must look at the friend speaking and accept the words. As women, we can be so quick to encourage others, while finding it difficult to accept compliments. We also write the words down for the one being encouraged. It is wonderful to be able to go back to your list and read these uplifting words!
*I was on a mission trip with a group of high school students from church. Our pastor headed home one day early to perform a wedding and asked the adult chaperones to conduct an exercise with the group. Our pastor estimated it would take “about an hour”. As the rain forced us to all cram in one hotel room, we spent over four hours lifting up one mission team member at a time. I distinctly remember things these teenagers said and how it encouraged me to keep serving and loving others. We don’t always know the fruits of our labors, but when we specifically hear how our lives have impacted others, it is powerful!
I share these two examples to challenge you to take a moment to look at your family and community and schedule your own, “You Are Amazing” activity! You could do this with your family one night at dinner. Or go around your Bible Study one week and ask each member to tell the woman on her left how amazing she is! Find ways to fill up the people in your world…the possibilities of using your words to lift up and encourage others are endless!
Let me know in the comment section below how you have or plan to have an encouragement exercise with your family and/or friends.
“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
“Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” Proverbs 16:24, NLT