“He secretly looks up to you.”
Every so often I’ll hear a phrase that sticks with me. The longer it lingers, the more it begins to define me. I’m someone people look up to. I should act like one.
Words are power. The truths we speak into people’s lives can lay a foundation for decades to come. The lies we send into their hearts can cause unimaginable damage and destroy their spirits. Hurt people hurt people, but healed people heal people. I love every chance I get to speak a truth to a friend and build them up. When I receive a positive word, I eat it up like candy.
“You really think he looks up to me?” I asked.
“He doesn’t have anyone else to.”
A word of encouragement is like piece of armor, building itself around me like an Iron Man suit. I feel stronger. If I truly am a role model, I am accountable for my actions to both God and men. It irks me when celebrities say they’re not a role model, a weak excuse not to be one. However, I’m not like that.
I am strong and I can make a positive difference in the world. I want to serve people and be a blessing in their lives to the best of my ability. I know this because someone said two sentences to me.
Words are power. Did I say that already? I pray for opportunities to encourage others with my words, and the humility to apologize when I send a lie.
I love telling girls that they’re beautiful. I think more girls need to hear that. Unfortunately, this can come off as a bit flirtatious (unless they’re related to me). I do have a girlfriend though. Her name is Jenine. I try to remind her how beautiful she is whenever I can. More than one person has told her she wasn’t and I want to kick them in their shriveled nuggets. But that’s out of my control. What I can control is my own words, and how I use them to build others up, especially those close to me.
Let’s be real, it can be scary to speak encouraging words. It could come off as cheesy. Or awkward. Sometimes that’s enough to stop us, but it shouldn’t be. We can’t be afraid of a little awkwardness and risk losing the chance to potentially change someone’s life for the better.
I’ll never forget the summer of 2011. I had finished working at a summer program for seven weeks, taking care of third and fourth graders, playing games with them and teaching them about God. They were like my little brothers and sisters. Now it was over, and I was exhausted.
I went to my uncle’s Frontline prayer meeting on Saturday morning and knocked out. When I woke up, Matt the worship leader was playing “Healing Is In Your Hands” by Christy Nockels. As we started singing, my legs began to shake. So did my palms. Tears dripped down my cheeks and touched my chin. I sank to my knees, unable to stop crying or open my eyes.
People in the prayer meeting began speaking words of encouragement, prophecies, and visions over me. I remember them because I asked everyone to write it down and send it to me. These words have laid a foundation for who I am.
God is knighting you because He’s calling you into a deeper anointing. He is fully pleased with you and fully accepts you.
Just as you poured out love for the summer program kids, God is pouring out the revelation of his love for you.
He has called you to be an over-comer, a person that overcomes through Christ.
I think I emptied the tissue box that morning. The truth is, I’m only as strong as the people around me. Throughout my life, I’ve found strength and inspiration through my friends and family. I hope to continue passing it on.