Quotient is a mathematic term, but it can also be used to mean “outcome” or “results” of just about anything. For instance, you might say something like this, “his video spots are always edited tightly to get the maximum laugh quotient.”
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the famous 19th-century poet and artist, was once approached by an elderly man. The old fellow had some sketches and drawings that he wanted Rossetti to look at and tell him if they were any good, or if they at least showed potential talent.
Rossetti looked them over carefully. After the first few, he knew that they were worthless, showing not the least sign of artistic talent. But Rossetti was a kind man, and he told the elderly man as gently as possible that the pictures were without much value and showed little talent. He was sorry, but he could not lie to the man.
The visitor was disappointed, but seemed to expect Rossetti’s judgment. He then apologized for taking up Rossetti’s time, but would he just look at a few more drawings – these done by a young art student?
Rossetti looked over the second batch of sketches and immediately became enthusiastic over the talent they revealed. “These,” he said, “oh, these are good. This young student has great talent. He should be given every help and encouragement in his career as an artist. He has a great future if he will work hard and stick to it.”
Rossetti could see that the old fellow was deeply moved. “Who is this fine young artist?” he asked. “Your son?”
“No,” said the old man sadly. “It is me – 40 years ago. If only I had heard your praise then! For you see, I got discouraged and gave up – too soon.”
Proverbs 25:11 says, “The right word at the right time is like golden apples in silver jewelry.”
Mr. Rossetti’s fault was not that he intentionally discouraged the old man when he was young. His fault was that he didn’t take the opportunity he had to recognize giftedness in the boy
Words are very powerful. They can also be very beautiful and pleasing. God can use your words to encourage a budding artist, or athlete, or musician, or entrepreneur, or teacher, one who is ill, one who is discouraged, one who is down trodden, or one who has been berated.
James 4:17 says, “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” Take every opportunity you get to encourage others and thereby increase your encouragement quotient. When you recognize giftedness in others, encourage it. God can use your words to do great things.
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