My favorite blogger, Michael Hyatt, asked the question, “How are people left when you leave their presence?” The reality is, we have an impact on others, whether we realize it or not. Even if we haven’t been all that intentional, we will leave a positive impact or a negative impact. It is rarely neutral.

 

This week, I’ve been reflecting on the legacy left by my nearly 90 year old spiritual mentor, ministry partner and friend, Tony Hostetler. Tony was an encourager extraordinaire. He always found a way to brag on everyone else around him. He had plenty of things he could have been bragging on about himself…like riding a bicycle from the Pacific to the Atlantic at age 57. But he always seemed to look for something positive in the lives of adults and children alike, and he then he would point it out to everyone within earshot.

The reality is, when we interact with others, everything we say has impact. Think about it, when you leave a room after an encounter with someone, are people left either…

Encouraged or Discouraged?

Energized or Depleted?

Enthused or Demotivated?

Excited or Disheartened?

Eager or Dispirited?

King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Even the things we don’t say—our attitude, our facial expressions and our body language—have an effect on others. How do you leave people?

The good news is that you are the one who gets to decide what kind of impact you will leave. You just have to become aware of your power. It may be greater than you are imagining. Use it well. Use it for good. Become an encourager.

QUESTION: What is one thing someone else said or did that especially encouraged you? Please share it in the comment section below.

3 responses to Encourager Extraordinaire

  1. Beverly Niland Laznovsky on October 20, 2012 at 6:38 AM Reply

    I agree with what Terry wrote in her comment. The entire week of blogs about Pastor Tony were thought provoking. They were a wonderful tribute to a very special man, yet they made you take a look at yourself and ask what can I do to think and be like Pastor Tony? What a different world it would be if everyone strived to be even just a little like Pastor Tony ! Peace and kindness would abound.

  2. Terry Frith on October 19, 2012 at 9:16 PM Reply

    Well, I have THOROUGHLY enjoyed your blog this week. Not only was the information so helpful, enlighting and thought provoking, but reminiscing about Pastor Tony just has a warm feeling all of it’s own. I’m only sorry that the week is over, as it may mean the end of your thoughts of Pastory Tony (at least for the moment – in print)!

  3. Ray on October 19, 2012 at 6:38 AM Reply

    I visited Pastor Tony a week before his exit be with the Lord. I told him I wish I could play a tune on the harmonica for him like he did so many times for other in the hospitals. He told me I should have been there earlier he and another patient there had had a ho-down of fun just that morning. I Was out that day honoring Veterans that were under Hope Hospice care and had my uniform on. Tony told me he tried to enlist for WWII but was turned down for medical reasons. I still honored him as I do all dieing veterans and pinned the American flag on his lapel. What an honor it was to see him one last time on the world. I know he is in glory now and playing that harmonica with all the other saints in heaven. I knew about the bike ride a few years ago and think of it often It was always one of my goals in my youth to do that ride but years have slipped by and I can only think of it and Tony Hosteler each time I get on my wheel as he would have called it. As usual I left our visit with a renewed feeling that is hard to explain and a little more spring in my step. When your with someone like Tony you are at peace within yourself. Smooth seas and fair winds old friend.
    Seabee Ray

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