Five Little Words

It was the summer of 1970. I was 11 years old. The bell clanged for the final time and two minutes later, the doors flew open. Laughing, shouting children poured out onto the playground. It was our last day in that little red brick building. In September, we would all be attending High school. My friends and I cheered, and hugged. We cried, and said our goodbyes. But before I ran to catch the bus, a teacher was standing, waiting for me. Glenys, she said, Don't ever stop writing.

I do not remember how I replied. I do not remember that teacher's name. I do not really remember what she looked like. But I do remember her words....just five little words, planted like seeds in my heart, that over the years, God would cause to grow.

There are no qualifications needed to be an encourager. We do not need to attend classes. We do not need to study. We do not need to learn how to do it. We just need to speak.

You and I have the enormous privilege, and the enormous power to encourage the children in our lives, to sow seeds in their hearts, which God will cause to grow. And all it takes is our words.

Encourage one another, and build each other up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

About the Author: Glenys Nellist is a writer with a passion for God, her family, and children's ministry. Originally from England, she came to the USA in 2001, with her husband, David, who is a pastor. They have four fine sons, a beautiful daughter in law, and an even more beautiful grandson! You can find Glenys on the web at