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Last week I had to take my daughter’s car to my friend’s car shop. My friend was extremely busy with jobs going on more than one car at a time.

I started to work on my daughter’s car but soon realized there were not enough tools for the both of us to work. I was constantly using some of the tools that he would need to fix the other cars. I decided not to bother him by taking the tools he was using. I would wait for him to finish or somehow use other tools he was not using and try to make those tools work for what I needed to do.

A few minutes later he came to me and asked me what I was doing. I proceeded to explain that I needed to take this off to get to this other part. He looked at me and said: “I hope you know that tool you’re using was not designed for that kind of job.” “I know” I said. Then he went to look for the tool designed for what I was doing. “Here”, he said, “this is it, try it and you’ll see”.

Relationship Designed

God designed us to be a people builders, designed to live in relationship with others. He wants us to help each other grow. None of us will reach our highest potential by ourselves. We need people in our lives to encourage us, and we need to encourage the people in our lives and help them reach their potential.

Are your words encouraging the people around you? The Bible clearly tells us that life and death are in the power of our tongue. We can use our tongue to build people up and encourage them with words of healing, or we can just as easily sow negative seeds with our words.

The Bible says that the tongue of the wise brings healing. Choose to be wise today by choosing healing words. Choose to look for the best in others and build them up. Choose healing words over gossip; choose words of freedom and peace over anger and judgment. Let your words uplift and encourage the people in your life. Speak strength and hope to others.

We need to encourage our friends, our relatives, our kids. The word “encourage” means to “urge forward.” Let us not assume that people see what you see in them. Many times you can see things in other people that they don’t see themselves. You can see their strengths and talents. You can see that God has a special plan for them even though they may be going through a difficult time. Take a moment and encourage them either with a kind word or a simple note. There might be a special gift you can give that will remind them of their goal or dream.

In whatever way you can, urge the people in your life to keep moving forward. If you’ll be a people builder and help others fulfill their dreams, God will help you fulfill your dreams also. You and I were designed to do that. 

"Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing" (I Thessalonians 5:11).

"There is one who speaks like the piercing of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health" (Proverbs 12:18).

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