Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A few words can make a big difference

Have you noticed that encouragers seem few these days? I wish it weren't so, because a few words of encouragement can make even the weariest soldier feel like taking on the world. Consider the story of Jeanne.

Several years ago, Jeanne was at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, undergoing treatment for breast cancer. This particular morning, she was being taken by wheelchair to yet another chemo treatment. Jeanne had lost all of her hair, she could not control her vomiting, or other bodily functions. Her face was swollen, and she remembers smelling bad. She says she was ugly and physically and emotionally bankrupt.

But as she was being wheeled to treatment that morning, an elderly man was walking down the hall, toward her. Even though she had never seen him before, she could tell he was a patient at M. D. Anderson, fighting his own battle with cancer. 

As this man approached Jeanne, he stopped the wheelchair, knelt down beside her and gently put his arms around her. "Darling," he said, "I sure hope you're feeling better tomorrow."

Here was a man who was in a fight for his life, a man who probably needed a little encouragement himself. Yet he chose to look outside of himself, he looked past his own struggles and had compassion on a stranger.

Jeanne says that this man's gift of encouragement that day gave her the will to keep going, to get through not only that day, but to look to the future when she could pass the gift of encouragement to another person. 

Never underestimate the value of a few encouraging words. They can make all the difference in a person’s day.


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Linking up with the following communities:

Jenifer for Woman to Woman
Jennifer for Tell HisStory
Juana Mikels for Wednesday's Link-up
Holley for Coffee for Your Heart


15 comments:

  1. Dayle, what a touching story. You are so right, an encouraging word can make all the difference in the world. Thank you for sharing this story as such an important reminder, friend.

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  2. Oh so TRUE... a few words of encouragement can mean EVERYTHING.... "An apt word spoken at the right time...." Thank you Dayle!!!

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  3. Ohhhh, I loved how you described the word Encouragement, "chose to look outside of himself".
    That's what is it. It's thinking of someone else and not yourself.
    You have encouraged me in so many ways!
    THANK YOU!

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  4. Oh! This is so true! It doesn't take a lot to encourage someone. Sometimes it is just a smile or a kind word that makes the world of difference. Thanks for the reminder to look beyond our own troubles and reach out to those around us!

    Blessings, Joan

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  5. Dayle. So beautiful & so true. Thank you for sharing. God Bless You XO

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  6. That's a powerful story, Dayle, and so important to keep front of mind.

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  7. Thanks Dayle. My mom is fighting breast cancer right now and starting chemo in 2 weeks. This was a good post for me to read. It will help me to remember to encourage her more.

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  8. What a beautiful story. I love that when we take the time and make the effort to encourage others we find ourselves encouraged.

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  9. Thanks for this post, twin sister. It reminded me of times in my own life when a few simple words changed my entire outlook.One of my favorite quotes comes from Mother Teresa: "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."

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  10. How beautiful a message. I have been told I'm an encourager but I could do so much more. I do pray every day and try to be kind to those I meet along the way. We really can make a difference....each of us in our own way. Sweet hugs!

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  11. A beautiful reminder, Dayle. I need to obey the Holy Spirit's promptings more often. Have a blessed week!

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  12. So simple yet so needed, that simple act of love to encourage another

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  13. So beautiful. We need to have encouraging words pouring from our lips.

    Thanks for linking up with Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday! God bless!

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  14. What a nice reminder of the power of words. It only takes a quick, selfless moment to offer someone a bright moment. Thanks for this post Dayle.

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