It happened at the siege of Ladysmith. A civilian was arrested, court martial, and sentenced to a year's imprisonment.

He was a discourager. He would go along the lines and say discouraging words to the men on duty.

He struck no blow for the enemy - not one. He was not disloyal to his country. He was just a discourager - and that in a critical time. The fortunes of the garrison and of the town hung in the balance.

The court-martial adjudged it a crime to speak disheartening words in an hour like that.

And so it is. And that same thing is happening every day in the history of some poor fellow's life. What this old world needs more than all is the man who can cheer.

- Texas Christian Advocate. (

Pro 18:20-21 (GNB) says: "You will have to live with the consequences of everything you say. What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words."

"Encouragement is awesome. It can actually change the course of another person's day, week, or life." - Chuck Swindoll.

"Remember that the tongue speaks only what is in the heart." - Theodore Epp.