There is an old adage that says “If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound?”. The underlying thought being if there is no one around to acknowledge an event, does it matter?
Look at the old adage from this perspective. If I give my all at my job and my supervisor never acknowledges my hard work, does it matter that I am a diligent worker? If a person devotes themselves in service to others and is never told ‘thank you’, is their service in vain? If an artist paints a beautiful canvas that is never appreciated, is the canvas less beautiful? Why would a singer want to sing a song when no one comes to listen?
For people of faith, there is always the answer that our loving God sees, hears and knows all that happens with each of us. His unfathomable loves envelopes and encompasses us and has the ability to fill us with His perfect peace. Scripture says He delights over us with singing, and I believe that to be absolutely true. I also believe God put us on this earth together to be a source of encouragement for one another. As fellow believers, we need to lift up one another on this bumpy road called life.
Take a look around you. If you are surrounded by more than 3 people, chances are one of those 3 folks feels insignificant. On at least an occasional basis, they wonder if there is any purpose to their life. They will think during their darkest times that if they weren’t around, it might go unnoticed. They may be hungering for someone to love them and appreciate them; they want to know that if they “fall”, someone “hears” them. Everyone deserves to feel as if they are important to someone else. No one should walk alone in this lifetime. To think that there is no one out there who loves and appreciates you for who you are is a lonely and depressing existence.
You might think your kind
word, heartfelt thank you or words of appreciation are just a small gesture. Chances are, though, they could be just the words a co-worker needs to hear to motivate them today. Your quick thank-you note or email to someone might be the catalyst for them to continue their acts of service. Your smile or encouragement could be the difference to an artist or musician to continue on their creative path. YOU CAN CERTAINLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR SOMEONE TODAY.
Stop. Take a moment. Look around. Who around you needs a word of encouragement?