“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24).
Do you remember the last time someone complimented you?
Recently, I had someone make my day when they told me I looked pretty.
They had no way of knowing that I struggle with my appearance so much that I avoid looking in the mirror.
Words had the power to transform my insecurities into confidence at that very moment.
When you have chronic illness, you carry things like hurt, disappointment, low self-esteem, and guilt (just to name a few).
Sometimes your emotions can be a roller coaster. The wrong words can cut like a knife but kind words can help you feel happy and confident! Words are powerful.
We can’t control what comes out of someone else’s mouth but we have all the control when it comes to our own.
This world could use more people building others up. I try to make a point of giving compliments often.
If I see a friend who is wearing something I like, I make a point to tell them. Who isn’t uplifted after hearing you how nice you look?
If a friend does a good job on something, tell them so. Many times people think no one appreciates their hard work.
If you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret! Let them know!
Making someone else feel good in turn gives you happiness! Putting a smile on someone else’s face can give meaning to your day!
Be genuine and sincere with compliments. There is nothing worse than coming across as fake or only being kind because you want something in return.
Ephesians 4:32 says “and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
I challenge you to compliment at least one person today! Enjoy their smile!
Prayer: Lord, show me someone today to give a compliment. Help my words to build others up and not tear them down. Amen.
About the author
Karen Weber has dealt with several autoimmune diseases for over 20 years. She has a passion for encouraging others with the hope of God through the path of illness. She has led a support group and has taught classes for the community on “Living Well with Chronic Illness”.
How does it make you feel when someone compliments you? How does it make you feel to give a compliment?