Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Potential Of Praise

He had a burning desire to be a writer even though everything seemed to be against him. As a young man in London, he was only able to attend school for four years. His father was jailed for bad debts and he had no one offer to help him.

Finally he got a job pasting labels on bottles. The owner of the business was kind enough to allow him to sleep in the warehouse where he worked. Every spare moment he had was invested in writing stories. For years every editor returned every one of them. But he refused to give up.

Finally, one day, an editor wrote him and said that one of his stories had been accepted for publication. He went on and complimented him for his work. A word of praise and the publication of one story was all that he needed. He continued to write and eventually perfected his passion. Today, libraries and book stores around the world contain many books written by Charles Dickens.

Let's encourage and not discourage others!

Prayer: Lord, keep our eyes open and our minds alert to find and help all who need encouraging. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture: Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works...

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