Success at School - Encouragement
I love the way my daughter’s eyes light up when I encourage her. When I tell her that the colorful scribbles on her paper are pretty, she beams and works even harder to scribble just so. She’s only three years old, so she hasn’t learned to ignore compliments or be embarrassed of her mommy. She loves having my attention, and the smallest amount of praise is a big deal for her.
When does this change? Or does it?
I remember when I was a teenager, I didn’t take my mom’s compliments seriously. I knew she was only complimenting me because she’s my mom, and she’s proud of everything I do. Anyway, I didn’t want my mom gushing about me in front of my friends. How embarrassing!
But I don’t think it changes – ever. Deep down, each of us long to be complimented and praised. We all work at our jobs, at parenting, at living for Jesus. After all that work, it is nice to be recognized, complimented and feel appreciated.
Our children long for this kind of encouragement too. I think a key component in success at school is encouragement.
In Acts 20:1, it is said that Paul, “gave constant encouragement, lifting their spirits and charging them with fresh hope.” (MSG)
A good dose of encouragement does a lot for the soul. It lifts our spirits! After your child does well on a difficult test, tell them you’re proud of how hard they worked and how much they deserve that good grade.
A good dose of encouragement charges us with fresh hope. I imagine the battery indicator on my phone with the bars getting bigger and bigger. Our hearts gain hope with encouragement. If your child experiences mean words from a friend, your encouragement gives them hope for a better day tomorrow.
One of my favorite ways my parents encouraged me was writing notes to me. I got many of these notes of encouragement while at college. And I still have them. These handwritten notes of encouragement give me doses of spirit-lifting and hope-charging again and again.
Encourage your children.
Encourage your friends.
Encourage your child’s teachers.
Encourage your pastors.
Encourage your parents.
Encourage that person that annoys you.
I think you get the point. :)