Friday, November 1, 2013

It's Nice When Someone Believes in You

Two weeks ago my wife and I were at a wedding.  While at the reception, we were sitting at a table with a couple in their 60's.  We didn't know this couple, but were able to have a really good conversation with them.  During our conversation, I found out that the husband will be running the Boston Marathon next year.  At age 61, he qualified for the Boston.  I've run two marathons and will be running my third on November 9th.  Anyone who qualifies for the Boston has my respect.  It was lots of fun talking to this man about running and sharing stories from races we've done in the past.  It was a very inspiring conversation for me.

The next day I went for a 12 mile run.  I came back from that run feeling pretty good and I made a comment to my wife that went something like this:  "It was really inspiring talking to that guy yesterday.  I think I'd like to try to qualify for the Boston sometime."  Now, to put that comment in perspective … I'm a runner, but not a fast runner.  For me to qualify for the Boston at this stage of my life, I'd have to knock over an hour off of my best marathon time!  But, what's really cool is this … after I made that comment to my wife … without even batting an eye she looked at me and said, "That would be just AWESOME!"  Let me tell you what her response did for me:

- It actually made me think I could do it.
- The look of confidence in her eyes when she told me that, put a sense of confidence in me that made me feel incredibly strong.
-  I like it when someone believes in me.
- I'm totally in love with my wife!
- My wife is not a "yes" person.  She tells me when she thinks I'm crazy or when my ideas really stink.  But, her belief in me was incredibly inspiring … like there was no doubt in her mind that I actually could qualify for the Boston.

I share all that for this reason … I don't know if I'll ever get to run the Boston Marathon, but what I do know is that my wife's words to me made me believe that I could.  Is there someone in your life who needs you to believe in them?  Is there someone in your life who needs you to instill a sense of confidence in them with your words?  Are you more prone to squelch a person's dreams or to inspire them?

What I know is that there is at least one person in your life who wants you to believe in them.  There is at least one person in your life who could use your encouragement.  There is at least one person in your life who needs to feel like they can accomplish something they're unsure they can accomplish.  You can be that person.  

"The tongue can bring death or life" Proverbs 18:21a  What will your words bring to another person?  

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