Pay it Forward. And Don’t Stop.

When someone invests time in me, I have a choice.

I can keep everything for myself, close my fist, and hold it tight. Or, I can turn around and let wisdom, encouragement, and motivation trickle into others.

The best way to appreciate those who take time with me is to bless someone else.

We are all in a different place in our lives. There will always be someone ahead of me in the journey and there will always be someone behind me.

Turn around and look at the person following in your footsteps and take notice. Make time to ask about her about work and really listen. Save some energy to brainstorm his new idea. Encourage her latest achievement.

After all, picture this—you are standing behind the accomplished person ahead in the line. Isn’t it great when they look back and smile?

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,

but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs,

that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29).

 Build someone up today.

Leave a comment and let us know how you were a blessing.


  1. YOU are very inspiring. I’m grateful to have you for a friend.

  2. You are a beautiful woman. Thank you for being my friend.

  3. Great words to live by, Lori. Thanks!

  4. Although I LOVE the line in STEEL MAGNOLIAS, “If you don’t have something nice to say about someone, come sit by me”…

    I try not to live it.

    YOU are a shining example of both pay-it-forward and do-the-next-right-thing, Lori.

    I’ll email you off-loop with my travel plans. It appears our weekend getaway will be delayed. I am NE bound on Friday. WOOT!

  5. Love, love, love this post Lori!

    Thanks for looking back at me and giving me some encouragement to keep chugging along! “I think I can, I think I can!”

  6. OMIGOSH, I found this funny — in an inspiring way.

    I am speaking of your bible quote. This morning at work, we opened in prayer at our morning meeting, and the Quote they read from Corinthians jumped out and slapped me in the face. It was almost identical to what my 12 year old character said to her mother in what I’d written the day before.

    I quickly jumped on line, and found the publisher of that version of the bible and sent them an email asking if I could quote them in my novel. I thought that would be a wonderful opening, and then have the sentiment re-worded by a child on the second page.

    This made me realize that this is probably the right decision. Isn’t it funny how God helps us by bringing us together… even if it is just electronically?

    Thanks for the nuglde, Lori

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