A few words of encouragement can have a profound impact. Especially, coming from a man you look up to, a man of respect, a man of virtue.

At Mass this weekend, the Bishop of our diocese said these words, “Men, I am proud of you. I am proud of what you are doing, and what you are trying to do.” After he said these words, I realized how badly I needed to hear them. Even just a simple statement to a huge group, I felt encouraged to keep fighting the good fight.

As men, we need affirmation from others – even as we grow older, we still need it. But, we also need to give it. All of us have a tremendous power, the power to affirm and encourage.

Whether it’s to our own children, our wives or girlfriends, or friends or coworkers, or even just that young kid on the street, our words can positively impact lives. And, unfortunately, our silence can have an impact as well, sometimes negative

Some of us may even have scars from discouraging words or silence from important men in our lives. We do have power – to help or to harm.

So, the challenge this week is to be mindful of how we speak with the people in our lives. Each day, make an effort to offer genuine, honest words of encouragement. Not only could you make someone’s day, but they could remember it for the rest of their lives.

Words can carry a lot of weight coming from respected men. Be the men others look up to, and encourage them to rise up.

Be the Men.