Spiritual Practice


Angela Banks

I’ve received lots of amazing gifts over the years, but one gift stands out—a gift given to me by my best friend. First, she wrote my name on a piece of paper. Then, she wrote down all the things she liked about me. I still have her gift hanging over my desk. When I’m having a bad day, I look at it and remember that someone thinks I am patient, strong, and a woman of God.

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

My friend’s gift stands out as a gift of encouragement. Sometimes, remembering the good things about ourselves is difficult. And so often, we forget to tell other people the good things we see in them. Let’s tell other people how much we love them and how much God loves them. Our words may be the gift of a lifetime.


WONDERING WHAT TO GIVE SOMEONE FOR CHRISTMAS? Give the gift of encouragement. Write on a sheet of paper the name of the person who will receive your gift. Then write down all the things you love and admire about that person. I promise your gift will never be forgotten.


—from devozine (November/December 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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