Here’s one we’ve all been guilty of at least once or twice. There we are, walking down the sidewalk. We notice someone walking towards us. Maybe we've seen them around. We might even know their name. But we don't really "know" them. They pass by. We say a simple "hi" without looking up at them. We might not say anything at all.

It's called complacency. It's a mindset we have that their day doesn't depend on a compliment from someone they hardly know. The truth is that just telling someone they look nice today could change their entire outlook on the rest of the day. It can shift their negative thinking to positive thoughts or take their already positive thoughts and multiply them. It all happens in just a few shorts moments that so often are skipped over each and every day.

You can even take it one step further. Instead of simply complimenting them on how they look, take a moment and encourage them by telling them your favorite thing about their personality or the way they act. If you don't know them well enough, this could be a good opportunity for you to make a new friend. The bible tells us to encourage one another daily. When we do that, we show the love of Christ. That's why I'm going to make an intentional effort today. Words are powerful and you never know what kind of impact you can make in someone's life with just a few of them. Be blessed!

Dylan Nieman

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