The Power of Encouragement

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
January 17, 1997

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.”

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  1. I love reading your motivating articles each day. Don’t stop blogging. Great content


  2. Great illustration for Philippians 3:13-14: “Straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal.” Let’s not get discouraged, give up, and quit too soon! Thank you, Kenny, for the encouragement.


  3. Reblogged this on wanderingquilter and commented:
    Wow – this is a message we all need to read…… both for ourselves and for those we come in contact with.


  4. "Working for Christ" said:

    Excellent! 🙂 Dave


  5. We have the opportunity to do the same to people all around us–encourage others– and we should never give up ourselves. Never give up! 🙂 – A 😀


  6. Wow !! Powerful message !! May we all be an encourager to one another with only words to build up…not tear down !!

    Ephesians 4:29… Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. (NKJV)

    Blessings in Christ, bruce


  7. Ooof. Maybe if I’d kept writing all those years ago instead of getting swamped with life. . . .


  8. My strength is to encourage- and I really want to use this strength even more in the future! Its so important to encourage one another!


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