The Power of Praise in the teachings of Mother

Power of Praise

I love children, especially the first-grade primary school students, because they are so pure and innocent. So, this year, too, I am in charge of a first-grade class. I am really happy to spend time with the children who are so cute and pretty; they have a pure heart and also have their own distinct personalities.

There is a boy named “Ik-hyeon.” He has the nickname “Sloth” because he moves so slow and he is remarkably big for his age. When I give my students an in-class assignment, he does not even try to start it but puts his oar in, moving here and there; he just keeps playing until other friends finish their assignment. He is such a troublemaker. So he is often given warnings.

One day, something unexpected happened. Ik-hyeon came to me with his assignment completed and asked me to check it. What he did was quite commendable, so I patted him on his head, saying,

“Good job, Ik-hyeon! If you start trying to do something, you can do it so well.”

He wore a big smile probably because he was pleased to hear praise from me, his teacher.

The next morning, when I was preparing for class, someone silently came close to me and gave me three pieces of chocolate. It was Ik-hyeon.

“Are you giving these to me? Thank you. It looks delicious.”

Then he smiled shyly, and it brought a smile to my face as well.

After the first class, he came to me again. This time, he slipped a folded one dollar bill into my hand. I was embarrassed at first, but seeing how cute and lovely he was, I smiled for a good while; he wanted to give something to his teacher for praising him.

“Thank you, but I can’t take this because it’s your allowance, which your parents gave to you, not to anyone else. You need to save up money for the things you need. So keep the money for yourself. Thank you for thinking of me.”

I persuaded him calmly and had him sit back down in his seat.

A few days passed by, and I saw Ik-hyeon standing in front of the teachers’ office. He was holding his stomach which looked swollen. I was so surprised that I ran to him.

“Ik-hyeon, what’s wrong with you? Are you sick?”

Instead of replying, he pulled up his top and took out a bag of snacks.

He probably carefully came up to the second floor carefully from the first floor, hiding it in his clothes so his friends wouldn’t see it. At the thought of it, I burst into laughter once again.

Suddenly I was reminded of the saying that goes, “Whale done!” which means that praise can even make a whale dance. Praise is the secret to building trust between people and boosting their drive to work. As I saw him, a troublemaker, start to change at the words of praise from me, his teacher, I realized again the power of praise.

“When we praise brothers and sisters, the praise returns to us.”

I engrave in my heart once again the will of Heavenly Mother in the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) who wants us to encourage and strengthen one another with the words of love on our journey of faith. As Mother wishes, I pray that I will give strength to my brothers and sisters through the words of praise and encouragement like a breath of fresh air, so that they can take powerful steps for the gospel.

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24 Responses

  1. bluenight says:

    I will not drop a single word of Mother’s precepts to the ground, and I will obey all of them.

  2. Yerim says:

    Heavenly Mother is always praising us even though we are not good enough. By our Heavenly Mother’s praise, I can cheer up in everything. I give eternal thanks and glory to God Elohim!

  3. Eun a says:

    I thank Heavenly Jerusalem Mother for giving me the water of life.

  4. jane says:

    Yes, praise can even make a whale dance. However it is not to say Praise to others. It is needed to practice again and again.

  5. Casey says:

    Heavenly Mother sees our small practice as big. Let us praise each other according to the act of Heavenly Mother.

  6. margo says:

    Everyone wants to take praise from somebody, not try to give praise to somebody. Why God said it will return to us? In my opinion it is not easy to give praise to anybody.

  7. noeleden says:

    Praise is good. we’d better do that for our brothers and sisters.

  8. chloeknight says:

    Wow… I won’t forget this teaching of Heavenly Mother ‘When we praise brothers and sisters, the praise returns to us.’ This essay makes me reflect on myself how often i compliment others.. from now on i will practice the teaching of Heavenly Mother and wanna become a kind, loving daughter of Heavenly Mother. 😉

  9. misa says:

    God always listen my voice. so i feel very happy. always Thanks to God, always praise to God which is Elohim God.

  10. jessie says:

    The teachings of Mother always move my heart!!

  11. lebekah says:

    When we practice giving glory n praise to God,the glory should be return to me.
    Give thank n praise n honor to Christ Ahnsahnghong n God the Mother

  12. passover says:

    When i read this story, i feel very sorry to my children. I did not try to say praise much to them. Praise can make them do better. I try to remember it and do it.

  13. nightflight says:

    Yes,  praising each other is very needed in the journey of faith.  hoping to give delight to Heavenly Mother by praising brother and sister.


  14. Stacy says:

    Heavenly Mother’s love pervaded in every single teachings. Practicing teachings of Mother is the way to spreading Heavenly Mother’s love to others!

  15. Sue says:

    Yes! It is important that parents praise to their children. Our heavenly mother always take care of us and say ‘Cheer up!’. It is very helpful!

  16. BN1 says:

    Even a simple word of praise can have a good infulence on people, every moment of our lives if we remember this and praise our family members, friends and neighbors, the world will be changed for the better.

  17. Gwen says:

    I like WMSCOG. Because they are devoting their lives to make others beneficial. I definitely experienced it in person. And Recently WMSCOG received the citation from president in Korea. It’s so difficult for religious organization to receive it. Now even the officials praise the church saying it is worth to receive its citation from the government for the members of WMSCOG have been trying to make society more better place. I’ve also been watching the volunteer work of WMSCOG for about 8 years. I feel proud of that! And give all praise and thanks to Heavenly Jerusalem Mother.


  18. julie says:

    The teachings of God the Mother always lead me to righteous way, So, I have ever heard of that I’m  different from the person in this generations. We often see the love disappear as time goes by, but the teachings of WMSCOG is like a light and salt prophesied in the Bible. Before being a member of WMSCOG, I didn’t know how to make other people happy at all, but now, for I received the love both from the members of the church and God the Mother, I came to practice love naturally.

    • Niclee says:

      God the Mother is still with us, taking care of and praying for us. Because she is our mother.

    • grace lee says:

      Amen~ 🙂

      The teachings of Mother are for our benefit.

      Thanks to merciful Heavenly Mother who always leading us good way for our soul.

  19. Brad says:

    Just like Mother said, when we praise others, the praise returns to us. But the best praise is the one from God the Father and God the Mother!

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