Listening to a radio ministry program in my car the other day, I heard the interviewee talking about the school where he works. And about a person there whose job title is “Director of Encouragement.”
“That’s his REAL title?” the interviewer asked, echoing my own amazement. “He actually gets paid to do that?”
– Writing notes, cards, e-mails to let others know someone is thinking of them, praying for them, rooting for their hopes and dreams
–Cheering up the lonely, disheartened or ill, just being there for them
– Blessing others with “you can do it,” “you’re going to make it,” and lifting them to believe in their own gifts
– Spending days thinking of ways to share a kind or beautiful word, a thoughtful act –
And getting paid for it. Wow.
How, I’d love a job like that, I thought. It’s what I want my writing to pour out…
But then, isn’t that something that should be part of any job we hold? As I heard another minister this week say, compliments we think in our head can’t be blessings until we give them voice. Reaching out to others and speaking life into their day. With words, a smile, an admiring comment. A gift we can all give freely, every day… like a whispering breeze that sets chimes to music.
That’s why Cait’s answers to my questions below put a song in my heart too… I love to see how, even at 13, she has a heart for sharing her “apples of gold…”
Cait: I am thinking about being a teacher. Teaching certainly requires creativity! I really love little kids too, and having a good teacher is vital in making kids want to learn!
If I choose to be a teacher, I will try to work mainly on encouragement. My mom was a teacher too, and she always says the quickest way to make a student hate school is to make them feel bad about themselves. But if you try to pull out the good in them, it will make them want to persevere.
That’s so true! It always breaks my heart to see little kids who don’t see themselves as good or able or gifted. I think you’d make a wonderful teacher because I can see you looking for ways to encourage and help them excel in their gifts.
You have a real heart for caring about others, Cait. Is that a quality you look for in choosing your friends?
Cait: Yes, I suppose it could be said that I’m “picky” about friends! I have very few friends, but the ones I do have, I’m very close to.
I always look for girls who are humble; they’re confident (but not cocky) in themselves and therefore don’t need to boast. My friends and I always try to be supportive of each other.
Second, I love to laugh! If you can’t laugh with friends, then there’s no point. My kith and I laugh ALL the time. We bust up about the craziest things, but that’s the best part!
I look for girls who share my values. My best friends belong to the same faith, and we (mostly) share the same opinions. That’s not to say that I want my bosom buddies to be the perfect clones of me, but it’s easier to relate to and comfort each other when we both “get it.”
Cait: Spend time with my family and friends. It doesn’t matter what we’re doing, as long as I’m doing it with a friend! I especially love board games, the outdoors and watching movies together.
Cait: Family vacations are the best. We just trekked to Texas to see my aunt and her family. We drove, so there was lots of time for laughter and talking. We made some hilarious memories – it was one of the best trips we’ve ever taken.
About two years ago, we started a “travel journal.” We record all of our funny stories, and descriptions of the landmarks we’ve seen. It’s so much fun to reminisce on old vacations. Those are things I never forget!