Do you sometimes avoid a person who is hurting –maybe a friend has cancer or a neighbor is getting a divorce or an aunt has died—and you know you should say something, but you don’t know what to say?

Say, “I love you!” Often. We all know that the three little words, “I love you,” can make a powerful difference in another person’s life. Recently Susan said, “When I was going through a very difficult, ugly time in my marriage, a friend called and just said quietly and sincerely, ‘I love you, Susan.’ Those words meant so much to me.”

There are other three-word powerhouses which can make a big impact. Here are eight to try:

  • “I truly care.”
  • “I miss you.”
  • “I appreciate you.”
  • “It must hurt.”
  • “I’m so sorry.
  • “Count on me.”
  • “Let me help.”
  • “Thinking of you.”

Please close your eyes, and see how many of these three-word powerhouses you can remember. Then consider using those three-word powerhouses this week as you encounter individuals who are struggling.

To download a free e-book on simple ways to care for the people in your life go to our post  titled 122+ Ways to Care Well.

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder is the founder of the Wisdom of the Wounded ministry. She lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband Larry.


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