Dear Younger Me,
Remember when Mom had you reading and writing down every Bible verse about the words you speak, because you weren’t speaking nicely to your sisters? She wanted you to learn then that your words matter to other people. You didn’t realize then how truly important words can be, especially when they are so full of life and so needed when you’re discouraged!
You’ll also learn and come to realize someday that your love language is words of affirmation. You thrive on the good words others speak of you or to you. However, the irony is that it is difficult for you to give words of affirmation to others (I think you’re more of a gift-giving person!). It doesn’t come natural to you to give compliments to others, but what if you didn’t think about the awkwardness and just spoke the words anyway? What if you just took the time, like others have done for you, to send a text of encouragement or write a note? What if they need your words just as much as you’ve needed theirs?
My hope for you is that you would learn this way of loving others. I’m not too great at it right now, but I hope for you that you would make it a point to say the words of Truth others need to hear. As I have received words of encouragement exactly when I’ve needed them, God can speak through you to others who need to be encouraged, too.