You are enough.
The words jumped out at me from a yard sign bending in the wind last week. I’d had a long day — a long few weeks actually — and was feeling overwhelmed by all the business that comes along with the joyous holiday season.
Tears welled up in my eyes and I took a deep breath. Those three little words were what I needed to keep moving.
Don’t give up.
I read the words on another sign a few feet away. I’ll meet all my obligations somehow, I thought.
Turns out I wasn’t alone.
We posted a photo of the signs flashing words of encouragement all around town to The Blackshear Times Facebook page because we wanted to know who was responsible for relieving the stress of the daily grind, for a moment at least, as we drive to and from work, the grocery store or wherever else it is we’re headed in such a hurry.
Folks immediately began sharing their stories — and they sounded much like mine:
“... was having a bad day saw the sign that said … (You Are Enough) changed my whole evening for the best … thank you.”
“I love the signs!! Every time I pass them I read them out loud.”
“I was having a rough day yesterday and passed one of those signs and it made me smile! Love these people that still have love for others in their heart and share it.”
Hundreds have now commented or shared the post, and we did find the person responsible for brightening our day. But, our encourager wishes to remain anonymous for now.
The messages on each sign are words that helped him through a very dark time last year. Now on a path to health and recovery, he just wants to help others through their struggles, too.
“Life is a struggle that we all need to help each other out with,” he told me last week.
The timing of the signs popping up around town was no accident. Our encourager recognizes the holidays can be hard for those who’ve recently lost someone and a catalyst for worsening sadness and depression.
No worries though. He’ll be leaving the signs up indefinitely, replacing them as needed. The 50 signs posted across the county last week are “just the beginning” of this project, he says.
Each sign bears the hashtag #JesusisKing, a nod to this man’s primary objective of pointing folks back to Jesus.
“He (Jesus) is the cure,” he adds. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life – John 3:16.”
Thank you, sir, for spreading goodwill this time of year. We all need a little encouragement now and then.
A Merry Christmas to us all. God bless us, everyone – Charles Dickens.
• Sarah Tarr Gove is news editor of The Blackshear Times. Email her at email@example.com.