There is real power in the written word! I was reminded last week of how, “the pen is mightier than the sword” is so true. I had a guest post a week ago, and it received a lot of traffic and shares, but more importantly it encouraged people! I try not to pay attention to how many people are reading, and how many retweets there are, etc. I try to write from my heart and share from my personal experiences. I never really know what will come about from what I write.
One of the things I said in the post was “people are watching you so use it as an opportunity for influence.” Last week there was one particular person that read the guest post, then went to my site and read some of my other posts, and reached out to me. This person has some unique challenges, and through what I wrote I was able to provide some encouragement. I’m humbled.
When I write I don’t know who I’m writing for, but I believe some of what I said was specifically written for this person. If no one read it but this person then it was worth the effort to produce it. If you are a writer, you should understand that your words can be used to bless and encourage your readers. People are reading and we should use that as an opportunity for influence. Make your words count!
John Quincy Adams said “if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Are you inspiring others to dream? Why are you doing what you are doing? Is it for personal gain or to help someone?
This year I’ve learned that the true colors of people are shown when you face trouble and hardship. There is an ancient story about a man who was beaten, robbed, and left for dead. As he lay there several people walked by him, and even went to the other side of the road so they wouldn’t get close to him. The interesting thing about the story is the people who walked by were “religious” people.
The very people that should have helped the man left him for dead. In a way they are just as guilty as those who beat him in the first place. Eventually another man walks by and has pity on him, bandages his wounds, and takes him to a hotel. The man was so generous that he paid for his stay and for him to be taken care of medically.
Don’t let your busyness cause you to miss the hurting along the road. There are people in our world that are hurting, and we can all do something to alleviate the pain. We have all had pain and struggle in our life, and our story can help someone. I want to use my life and words to help the hurting on the road. Instead of walking by, what can I do to help? Is there something I can say, write, do to alleviate suffering?
What can you do to help someone today? How can you encourage someone today? The pen is mightier than the sword so use it in a way that can encourage someone!