A few months ago I wrote a post, The Positive Power of Affirmation . We have the ability to improve the lives of others through the simple actions of encouragement and affirmation. When we make someone else's life more pleasant our satisfying retirement benefits as well.
Along those lines I ran across an excellent sidebar entry in the Bible version I am using for this year's study. The Chronological Life Application Study Bible included a "checklist for encouragers" based on Paul's 1 Thessalonians. The list struck me as perfect for this blog's purposes. This post is shorter than normal, but I think contains some things worth considering as you construct your retirement lifestyle.
See what you think:
- Point out to someone a quality you appreciate in them
- Look for ways to cooperate
- Hold back your critical comments
- Say "Thank You"
- Search for ways to get along with others
- Support those who are having problems by loving them
- Think of a situation that tries your patience -plan how to react beforehand
- Make a list of your gifts...then cherish them
- Avoid situations where you will be drawn into temptation
- Encourage those who are timid and afraid
Starting today, Wednesday, I am off for a three week vacation in the Portland, Oregon, area. So I can spend more time with friends and get some fresh ideas for this blog, I will post a little less frequently. I may be a bit slower than normal in responding to any comments or e-mails too, but I will when I can.
Beginning with the post on Friday, August 30th, I expect to be back with the Monday-Wednesday-Friday posting schedule and looking forward to a busy fall season.
Now, it is time to find some cooler weather.