Endorse Others (Use Your Voice to Change a Life)

“When you talk, do not say harmful things, but say what people need—words that will help others become stronger. Then what you say will do good to those who listen to you.”  (Ephesians 4:29)

Our words can either tear others down or build them up.  Take a cue from God and speak an endorsement of certain people in your circle of influence. At the outset of Jesus’ public ministry, God spoke a complete “blessing” or endorsement over Jesus, and He chose to do it publicly and loudly so that others could hear. “You are My Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22) Take note that Jesus had not yet performed one miracle. Rather than a performance-based affirmation, this was God saying, “Son, I love you and regardless of what happens in the future, I could not be more pleased with you.” People need non-performance-based endorsements. They need to know you believe in them, that you have confidence in them, that you trust them. People are more likely to perform well when they know you believe in them.  Imagine how Jesus must have felt when He heard these words.  Now imagine someone in your life hearing similar words from you.

Later in Jesus’ life, God spoke another endorsement. This time it was targeted at Peter, James and John, who had been invited to join Jesus at a mountain top prayer meeting, the “Transfiguration.” (Luke 9:28-36) The disciples fell asleep, but when they awoke, they saw Jesus talking with Moses and Elijah. Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One, listen to Him.” Do you think this changed the way those three guys related to Jesus? Absolutely! There are people in your life who need you to speak on their behalf. Your public endorsement can help change the way others relate to them. You are saying, “I believe in this person, and I want you to listen to them.”

God has given you many resources for making a difference in the lives of others, and one of those is your voice.

—- How are you using your words to bless and inspire others?

—- Who in your personal life needs to hear from you?

—- Who at work would greatly benefit from your strong endorsement?

Jeff Wilson

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