Wednesday, April 7, 2010

On Being Encouraging

His mother was not home, but the young boy wanted to draw, so he got out the bottles of ink himself. His sister agreed to pose for him. In his eagerness and excitement, the young artist made an inky mess of his hands, clothes, table, and floor. Just as he was finishing his work, his mother returned, and for a moment, stood in the door and silently took the scene in. Then, instead of scolding him, she picked up the portrait and declared, "What a beautiful picture of your sister!" and kissed him. Later in life, the great artist Benjamin West recounted, "With that kiss I became a painter."

(Excerpt from HOME EDUCATING FAMILY magazine, 2009, Issue 4)

Now I'm not advocating allowing my children to make every mess their individual heart desires, but I also believe, speaking for myself, that there is ALWAYS room for more encouragement - every hour of every day.

Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. I Thessalonians 5:11

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up, according to their needs, so that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29

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