Day 285: Not just another noise

Words of affirmation. When you hear them, they ring in your head all day long. Today, I heard some words of affirmation that I had been needing to hear for some time.

It seems, in our daily work, that we often get taken for granted, that no one really pays attention to what we do, even though (in my case), everyone in my company sees what I do on almost a daily basis. Yet, rarely does anyone say, “Wow! That was a fantastic memo.” If I do get a shout out, I often attribute the work back to my team, because their work really makes us look good. So, a direct praise, that I have to accept only for myself, is a blue moon kind of thing.

Anyway, I was chatting with my CEO, the owner of our company, and he told me not once, but twice, that I’m really, really good at what I do! There were a few other things in that conversation that lifted my spirit incredibly, because though I often put words in his mouth as spokesman for our company, I didn’t really know that he was paying attention to my work.

I know I’m good at what I do. But hearing that from someone else, and especially from that level of the company, those words of affirmation had me being silly for the rest of the afternoon, and even into this evening. It reminded me of a song I like by Hawk Nelson:


They’ve made me feel like a prisoner
They’ve made me feel set free
They’ve made me feel like a criminal
Made me feel like a king

They’ve lifted my heart
To places I’d never been
And they’ve dragged me down
Back to where I began

Words can build you up
Words can break you down
Start a fire in your heart or
Put it out

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

You can heal the heartache
Speak over the fear
God, Your voice is the only thing
We need to hear

Let the words I say
Be the sound of Your grace
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

I wanna speak Your love
Not just another noise
Oh, I wanna be Your light
I wanna be Your voice

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

DAY 285 HOMEWORK: Your words make a difference in someone’s day. They can lift people up, and they can drag them down. Do your best to speak only life into others.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14


2 thoughts on “Day 285: Not just another noise

  1. Lysa, your posts are an encouragement! Some days they are truly right on. Brings a smile or maybe a ‘yea, I can (or should ) do that’. Thank you for your blog.

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