Encourage Someone Today!
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (New International Version)
11Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Hebrews 3:13 (New International Version)
11But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
What does encourage mean? To give courage, hope or confidence, to give support or help.
Think of the last time someone encouraged you. How did it make you feel? Did it uplift you, give you hope, enable you to move forward?
Often we get so caught up in the busyness of our day to day lives that we don’t stop and take time to look around us. Quite often the trials and tribulations we are going through keep us in a self absorbed environment. How do I know, because I have been there?
For the last couple of years I have had to focus so much on oneself and family that often I felt any conversation I would have with anyone was all about me. It drove me nuts and to be honest I believe we have seasons where it is all about you.
However during the time I realised that self pity is not a healthy place to be, so I would cry out to God what can I do? Encourage someone!!! Really it is that simple.
How do you encourage? Easy it can be a simple word of praise, post a twitter or facebook encouragement, give a hug, open a door, or smile at a stranger.
You will be very surprised that encouragement works twofold. Not only will the person on the receiving end feel inspired and lifted up but you will also. Those feelings of self pity will quickly leave as the spirit of encouragement replaces it.
I now love to encourage wherever I can. When standing at line at the checkout I will tell the girl serving me that she is doing a good job. Instead of leaning over she in now standing upright and smiling. I will leave a note for my husband on his workbook, or write on the diary page of my children. I will say hello to people when standing in line waiting for coffee. These are things that were common place years ago but today with mobile phones, ipods etc it is harder to get people’s attention.
Let us walk in a daily habit of encouraging one another. It lifts not only your spirit but keeps the devil at bay.
Some Ideas on How To Encourage;
1 Send a text message to someone telling them how much you value their friendship.
2 Be aware of what encourages you and do the same for others.
3 Pay for the person’s coffee in front of you.
4 Smile and say hello to everyone
5 Allow a car to get in front of you and smile.
6 Cook a meal or biscuits for your neighbour just because you can.
7 Tell someone they have a great attitude.
8 Leave a note on your work mate’s computer with a smiley face.
9 Look at yourself in the mirror and thank God that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
10 Encourage someone else to encourage someone.
Father God I thank you for the wonderful gift of encouragement that you have given each of us. Holy Spirit I pray and ask that you would prompt us daily to encourage someone. May you give us the spirit of discernment to hear your gentle voice with the words to say and whom to speak to. Amen