Day 14 #liftupforlent

Worry weighs us down; a cheerful word picks us up.  Proverbs 12:25

This proverb can easily be misused to address real and complex problems with perky little bumper sticker messages.

“When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!”

“It takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile”

“You make your own happiness”

When someone’s heart is deeply burdened, an enjoinder to “cheer up!” can not only be unhelpful, it can cause harm. It tells that person that you don’t take their problems seriously or (perhaps even worse) that you just don’t care enough to bother.

However, a sincerely encouraging word can, indeed, make a difference in a difficult situation.

“Your faith has always been an inspiration to me. I know it will help see you through this.”

“You are incredibly strong and smart. I know you’ll make the right decision.”

“You have done so much for others, you know there are plenty of people who are ready to help you in whatever way we can.”

When someone is worried, offer a cheerful word, but choose your words wisely.

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