“Encourage each other every day while you have the opportunity. If you do this, none of you will be deceived by sin and become stubborn.”
A few years ago a friend of mine received a large check for his charity. He was overwhelmed. He had never received such a large check. He sat down right then and wrote a generous thank you note by hand. A month later, just before New Years, he received a letter in the mail.
“A month ago my wife and I sent out three large checks to charities we felt were doing a good work. We immediately received your note with not only a nice update, but also a warm thank you. We have yet to hear from the other charities. You were so kind to write us back, we are sending you another check.” The check was for $10,000!
A friend of mine was out to eat with his wife. He looked over and saw a large table of kids. The group clearly was out on a prom. The guys appeared nervous, and the conversation looked awkward. My friend happens to be a very generous man, and he followed his heart on this night. He called the waiter over and said I would like to pick up that table’s tab.
It took one of those kid’s dad a month to track down who did that generous gesture. He wanted to share with him that he had warned the kids about the “big city” (they were from a small town on the outskirts of town) and how mean, harsh, and rude people were. He confessed that this generous deposit really made a difference in his life and in his kids lives.
My reason for writing this today is that yesterday I received a gift in the mail. It was a really nice gift. It’s a humidor. (No comments please.) My friend Ryan send a note with it that said, “Thank you for believing in me and helping me this summer with my messages.” He also listened over the years and knew that I had no humidor. As I opened this gift up it made me smile – he blessed me a great deal.
Three months after moving to San Diego we decided to get a new stove top. Before this I had always met the garbage man with some form of a treat. (And our boys loved this! Actually fought for who would get to deliver!) I usually gave him a bottle of water, a granola bar, or even some chocolate. I will never forget the morning that my neighbor saw me with my old stove top out front – “You know the garbage man will never take that, right?” I said, “Well, I think he will.”
As the garbage man pulled away with my stove top my neighbor came across the street in amazement – “How did you do that?” I said, “It’s simple. I have always acknowledged him, thanked him, and many times given him a little blessing and encouragement.”
Today, you can make a difference. It’s really not that difficult. Here is a list of what “generous deposits” can look like:
- A note or a thank you card
- A phone message
- A helping hand
- A meal to someone who is “under the weather”
- A financial gift of any type
- A small present or token of appreciation
- Cookies, candy, or a bottle of wine
- Noticing someone’s life and acknowledging them
- A kind and encouraging word
- A pat on the back
- A compliment
The bible says to encourage one another (leave a generous deposit) every day . . . EVERY DAY. Here is to making a difference today!
PS – Was reminded of this story today – if you have extra time, it’s worth the read!