Helping Others Reach Full Potential

Helping Others Reach Full Potential

The Respect Effect

A banker always tossed a coin in the cup of a legless beggar who sat on the street outside the bank. But unlike most people, the banker would always insist on getting one of the pencils the man had beside him. “You are a merchant,” the banker would say, “and I always expect to receive good value from the merchants I do business with.”

One day the legless man was not on the sidewalk. Time passed and the banker forgot about him until he walked into a public building one day. There in the concessions stand sat the former beggar, now the owner of his own small business.

“I have always hoped you might come by someday,” the man said to the banker. “You are largely responsible for my being here. You kept telling me that I was a merchant. I started thinking of myself that way, rather than as a beggar receiving gifts. I started selling pencils—lots of them. You gave me self-respect. You caused me to look at myself differently.”

—Retold by Randy Stanford


The Lifesaver

Susan’s personal problems were enormous. She was dealing with tough issues from her past. Her husband had emotionally withdrawn from her. The family was in financial trouble. Somehow she kept up a good front at work, even though she was thinking of suicide.

Then she received a Christmas card from her boss with these handwritten words: “I don’t know what we’d do without you. Thank you for being so competent and helpful.”

Later she commented, “I framed that card and put it up in my kitchen. It’s like a sign that says, ‘You’re okay!’”

So send that card. Write that note. You may be giving someone just the lift he or she needs.

—David C. Egner


The Assignment

God puts people in our lives on purpose so we can help them succeed and help them become all He created them to be. Most people will not reach their full potential without somebody else believing in them. That means you and I have an assignment. Everywhere we go, we should be encouraging people, building them up, challenging them to reach for new heights. When people are around us, they should leave better off than they were previously. The Bible says that love is kind.1 One translation says, “Love looks for a way of being constructive.”2 In other words, love looks for ways to help improve somebody else’s life.

—Joel Osteen

1 John 3:17 NASV – But whoever has the world’s goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?

Matthew 25:35-40 NASV – ‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? ‘And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

Hebrews 13:16 NASV – And do not neglect doing good and sharing; for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

1 Comment

  1. Maureen
    May 11, 2018, 3:59 pm   /  Reply

    Thank you again for this timely words . I have just finished praying for family and friends. I was also thanking God for my gits of encouragement. I was also reflecting on the lives he has allowed me to impact with this gift . As, I said my final amen and reached for my mobile , this devotion popped up on the screen. May you continue to bless and reach others with your gift of encouragement.

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