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Be a Nourisher, a Healer, an Encourager
By Joel Osteen - Apr 01, 2022
When you say something kind to a friend, give a compliment to a coworker, tell your spouse that you love them, or encourage a neighbor, it can seem like a simple thing, no big deal, but those words have incredible power. Proverbs 16:24 says, "Kind words are like honey--sweet to the soul and healthy for the body." You can make someone healthier by speaking kind words. Just a simple compliment such as, "You look beautiful today. You did great on that presentation," nourishes their soul. When you tell your spouse, "I love you. I'm blessed to have you in my life," that's not only going to make your relationship stronger, but it's making your spouse more secure and confident. When you call a friend who's down and say, "I'm thinking about you. I care about you. You mean the world to me," that's not just encouraging them; it's bringing healing to their body.

Don't miss opportunities to bring nourishment. The people around you need what you have. Your kind words can be what pushes them into their destiny. Your compliments and encouragement make them healthier and stronger. That's how they are going to become all they were created to be. If you weren't raised in a family that spoke kind, loving words, you can be the one to start it. Without your nourishment, life will be more difficult for your family, for your children. The reason some people aren't flourishing is that they never hear any compliments or encouragement. But God created us to need one another. You have something that will cause your spouse to blossom, your children to bloom, your loved one to feel more secure. It's not your money, your hard work, or your accomplishments; it's your kind words. They need to hear how much you love them, how much you believe in them, how great you think they are.

Don't let a day go by when you don't say something kind to the people whom God put in your life. It's not enough to just think it; your thoughts don't nourish anyone. A blessing is not a blessing until it's spoken. They need to hear, "I love you. I'm proud of you. You're beautiful. You're going to do great things." Make it a habit of speaking kind words that get down into their spirit and bring a new level of confidence, talent, and boldness. Today there are so many voices saying harsh things, being rude and demeaning, trying to push people down. We need to be just as bold and speak our mind in a positive way. God is counting on us to be healers, to be lifters, to be encouragers. Make it your business to nourish people's souls, to bring healing and wholeness.
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