But command Joshua, and encourage him and strengthen him; for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which you will see.
Seventh grader Journey Bowman wanted to make a difference in her school, so she started the POP, or Power of Positivity, program. She began putting positive and creative notes on the lockers of other students. “I wanted to write positive notes to make a difference in someone’s day,” she said. “In turn, they might also choose to make a difference in someone else’s day.”
And that’s what happened. In the last school session before the coronavirus shutdown, one young man “who was not always very optimistic” wrote as many notes as he could, while another student, “who was very shy,” also expressed herself in writing. The notes were anonymous, but the project changed the atmosphere of the school.
Moses wasn’t able to cross the Jordan and lead Israel to conquer the Promised Land, but he had a vital assignment. He was to encourage and strengthen Joshua, his successor. The support and encouragement of others help us cultivate our dreams. POP into someone’s life today with a word or note of encouragement!
Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.
Pearl Strachan Hurd