I recently read The Life-Giving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson and one of the chapters was on the power of expressing love. I was really inspired by this quote:
Just as a plant needs to be watered daily, affirmation and encouragement need to be communicated over and over again.
Think of the people in your life whom you love dearly. Have you been watering them with words of affirmation and encouragement?
Don’t hold back or wait until it’s too late to tell someone how much you appreciate them. Go through your days looking for ways to encourage and uplift others with your words.
Here are some examples Sally gave of ways to share love verbally to others:
- I’m glad you are my friend.
- You are a gift from God to me, my precious child.
- My life is so much more fun…richer…happier…fulfilling, because I have you in my life.
- I believe in you, your dreams, your potential, your faith, your integrity… YOU!
Ask yourself: Are the words you are speaking to other people life-giving? Are they breathing hope and motivation and encouragement into their hearts and souls?
Our words have so much power. They have power to hurt and power to heal. I know I’ve been on the receiving end of both kinds of words and I’ve been on the giving end of both kinds of words, too.
Sally shared in this chapter how she made a commitment to regularly share with the people in her life exactly what they meant to her. She said she wants them to know beyond a shadow of a doubt how much she cares about them.
I love this! I don’t want the people closest to me to go through life wondering where they stand with me or wondering if I care about them. I want them to know that I love them wholeheartedly and care so incredibly much about them.
Don’t assume that your family and friends know what you think about them or know how much you care about them. They can’t read your thoughts.
Tell your kids how much you love them. Let your spouse know exactly how you feel about him or her.
Take time to express appreciation and affirmation for others in your life. You never know how much one small phrase could affect another person and impact them in a positive way for the rest of their life. Your words could very well change someone’s life, or at the very least, make their day a little bit better.
Speak those words to others… today. Because there’s no better time than now to express to others how much you love them.
What are some ways you love to express your love for others (or ways that others have shown you love)? Tell us in the comments so we can be inspired!