Sunday, December 10, 2006

Extol--give a gift of praise

"Whoever has the gift of encouraging others should encourage." Romans 12:8 (NCV)

Remember this December, that love weighs more than gold! ~ Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

Anxiety levels rise as December 25th approaches. Everyone is looking for the perfect gift. They search and search through malls, catalogs, and online stores looking for it when all along it is well within their reach and their budget: a little praise wrapped in love.

Whether the words of encouagement are spoken or written, they will be welcomed and appreciated. It takes so little for us to say "Thank you," "You are kind (loving, thoughtful, etc.)," You bring out the best in others." "You bring joy into my life." Whatever loving praise you can think of that fits the person's special talents, personality, or need can't help but lift them and cheer them.

Love indeed weighs more than gold and to my mind, is much more precious.

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