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What’s in Your Wallet?
By Victoria Osteen - Aug 24, 2010
A while back, Joel preached a message on the power of encouraging words. He told the story of a teacher who encouraged each student in her class to make a list of the positive things they saw in the other students. Years later, one of the students joined the military and was killed in the line of duty. When they recovered his personal belongings, they found several lists neatly tucked inside his wallet—the same lists he received from his classmates. For more than five years, this young man had cherished those wonderful sentiments.

The same week Joel shared that story, I was preparing for a family trip and noticed two envelopes on my desk; one with my name on it, the other with Joel's name on it. I opened the envelope addressed to me and saw that it was a note from Joel's sister, Lisa. The note read: "What's in your wallet? I just wanted to tell you what I see in you…" She had written the most wonderful things to me, and like that young soldier, I will cherish them always. I was so touched by Lisa's heart and the fact that she took the time to put into practice what she received that week.

Is there someone in your life that you can encourage? Is there a friend, loved one or family member who's been on your heart? Your words are so powerful. Today, I want to challenge you to follow that inner prompting. Don't let time just slip by. You never know how you can impact a person by speaking words of life over them.

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today…(Hebrews 3:13, NIV).
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