When you are being kicked in the rear, it must mean you’re in the front. (Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, 20th century TV spokesman)

It hurts to be criticized or have someone put you down, doesn’t it? We’d rather have a little push forward, some helpful advice, or a word of encouragement. But life isn’t always the way we’d want it to be. Perhaps the bishop’s observation will help. Maybe not everyone is for us, but just to be noticed suggests we’re having some influence in someone’s live.

Those who fear the Lord share freely. . . Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor. (Psalm 112:1, 9)