I am sitting on the bench while my son is hitting baseball’s at the indoor batting cage. He is hitting 55mph balls to get better at hitting. He is already very good but is motivated to keep getting better because his wise and very good coach told him he was one of his best hitters. This is the power of someone you trust believing in you. The same happened to a teacher of mine. There was a kid who was always in trouble and a pretty poor student and she gave him a huge role in the school play, telling him she believed he was capable of great things, and he changed and became a good student and was suddenly eager to come to school. There is power in our words. There is greater power in the words of a trusted mentor or family member or older friend, for better or worse. We can do great good or great harm with our words so it is important we build and encourage. When we believe in people, they generally rise to what you believe about them. There are exceptions but in general this is true. God tells us to say only what is helpful and positive and truth and encouraging. There are reasons He tells us this. And the positive results of a good baseball coach’s belief and encouragement are swinging strong in front of me now. Play ball!