Obviously, everyone has an opinion on this topic. People have lots of questions. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions and just basic ignorance out there. Read this post to dispell some of those stereotypes by a veteran homeschool mom. Seriously it is a must read. Go on. I'll wait.
Welcome back. That post made me laugh and cry and shake my head, I guess because I could relate to so much of it.
However, this post is not about that. Quite the contrary. One recent exchange stands out for being so much the opposite of the nosy questions, misconceptions, criticism and judgment that I have experienced. It was a simple sentence.
Really, it was one sentence.
And yet, it made a big impact.
A friend said "I think you guys are doing the right thing."
Nine little words.
Nine little words of much needed encouragement replayed in my head in times of
Nine little words of encouragement brought to mind when I feel
So I guess I just wanted to share this with you and encourage you to think about your words. Are you building people up or tearing them down? When is the last time you paid someone (anyone) a sincere compliment? What about the courtesy of manners and politeness? What about expressing support for something that you see going well in a friend's life? Or encouragement when things aren't going so well? What's the tone of your own words, in your own home, with your own family? I know I am falling short here.
We have no idea when what we say may strike a chord and make a big impact. For good or bad.
I'm just saying to think about it.
God's Word says:
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
The godly think before speaking; the wicked spout evil words. Proverbs 15:28