The Stranglers and the Wranglers

Many years ago and unknowingly at the time to the University of Wisconsin, they were conducting a social study that would yield much insight to the advantages of encouragement. There was a male undergraduate literary club that demonstrated great talent in writing. However, the club members critiqued each other’s material to such a degree of brutality it was to the point the assessments became hateful, and they took on the name, “The Stranglers.”

Then, another literary club consisting of women was formed that took on the name, “The Wranglers.” They too, critiqued each other’s work, but with noticeable differences. They rooted each other on and encouraged each other with thoughtful kind gestures and positive appraisals. The extreme dichotomy in the approach to their assessments to each other’s writing, also yielded an extreme dichotomy in their eventual careers and literary outcomes.

Approximately two decades later, a researcher concluded that no one from “The Stranglers” had accomplished a literary status of any importance. “The Wranglers” generated six well-known successful writers, including Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who wrote “The Yearling.” With both of the groups having proficient writing talents, and the results so one-sided, it was easy to understand that “The Stranglers” had demoralized each other to the point of their own demise, while “The Wranglers” had encouraged each other to much success.

God is our creator, our sustainer, and a great encourager, evident throughout the Bible.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield: my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

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