Once when I was a young teenager, I missed the last question of a Bible state quiz championship playoff game that cost our team. We lost because my mind went blank. It was in front of hundreds of people. I was deflated and defeated.
After the quiz was over, I went to my seat in the audience. I was embarrassed and wanted to hide.
But an old minister, leaned over to me and spoke encouraging words and helped my wounded feelings and spirit.
I have never forgotten that moment of encouragement. It helped me try again. I got over my defeat and discouragement.
That is the power of an encouraging word.