Today is Wednesday, September 18th, 2019; Karen's Korner #4118

I receive daily inspirational messages from Max Lucado. Some I enjoy more than others; all of them are good. Lately the writings are taken from his book, newer one I think, titled "How Happiness Happens - Finding Lasting Joy in a World of Comparison, Disappointment, and Unmet Expectations". Who could like a book like that! 

Here is one from a day or two ago:

The Gift of Encouragement

"Every person needs to hear a 'wonderful'. Here is why. Companies spend billions of dollars to convince us that we are chubby, smelly, ugly, and out-of-date. Inadequacy indwells a billion hearts.

"Would you distribute encouragement? Will you make some happiness happen? Will you remind humanity that we are made in God's image? That we are chosen, destined, and loved?

"Start by listening intently. Ask someone to tell you his or her, story. Give the rarest of gifts -- your full attention.

"Praise abundantly. Biblical encouragement is no casual, kind word but rather a premeditated resolve to lift the spirit of another person. Everyone needs a cheerleader.

"Give the gift that God loves to give -- the gift of encouragement. This is how happiness happens."