A businesswoman went into a Thai restaurant to eat lunch. She sat down at one of the tables and ordered one of the specials on the menu and when her food arrived it was accompanied by a bowl of peanuts to sprinkle on the food. As she helped herself and started to eat, she heard a voice say, "What an attractive hairstyle! It's perfect for you."
The woman looked around but couldn't see anyone in the place who could be speaking to her. She shrugged off the strange event and continued eating her lunch. But every time she took a bite she heard a voice praising something else about her—her clothes, her shoes, her handbag.
By the end of the meal she was quite concerned—was she crazy? She called the waiter over and said, "I keep hearing a voice telling me how great I look. Is somebody here playing a joke on me?"
"Not at all," said the waiter. "It's the peanuts—they're complimentary."
Regardless of the source, how great is affirmation! In a world where we face so much negative, we are all in need of affirmation and encouragement.
"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing" (1 Thessalonians 5:11).