1 Thessalonians 5:11, Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Life seems to be filled with missed opportunities. In some instances, we have only a few seconds to respond to them; in others, response time may be longer. Regardless of the seconds or minutes that tick away, our reactions to these things are critical, not only for confidence but often for the outcome.

That’s why responding to shortcomings can be one of our greatest challenges. Whether in a crucial moment in life, personal, business, sports, or otherwise, how we respond can empower us or tear us down. Therefore, our goal should be to plant seeds of success that clearly demonstrates our belief in ourselves and in others. Our choices of words and thoughts, and the manner in which we convey them, have a powerful impact on lives.

So, if we are clear in our communication, constructive in our comments, and direct in our feedback, expressing both personal compassion and a passion for excellence in the process, we can help instill a greater level of confidence. By doing so, we are living out the biblical command found in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “…build each other up…” and thereby bringing out the best in one another.

John Mark Caton, Ph.D