“Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.” – Proverbs 12:25
Encouragement: the act of encouraging
Encouraging: to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence
Discourage: to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence
You know those times when you work hard for weeks in preparation to make something a success, those nights you stay up late working on last minute details or getting things ready for the next day, those occurrences where you push all aside to jump in where needed no matter how much it may complicate your own affairs…those days you are on fire to serve and help, where motivation is high and energy is full. What fuels those happenings? Is it solely divine inspiration or does it take more? Should it take more? It probably shouldn’t but there is enough scripture to indicate that does.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 – “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
Hebrews 10:23-25 – “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Ephesians 4:29 – “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
Philippians 4:8 – “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Proverbs 27:17 – “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”
The ultimate theme is encouragement. Everyone needs it. No one can press forward day after day without eventually emptying the tank of bubbling energy and motivation. Everyone needs a little refueling now and again and it can come in the simplest form. I am not saying that you need to find some poor run down soul and throw them a party. I am talking about expressing the gratitude and appreciation you feel but often keep inside.
For instance, you watch a little boy help an elderly lady carry things into the church, give him a high five and tell him what a good job he done so he is encouraged to continue that kind of behavior.
You notice your child is happy to discuss school and is excited about things he/she is doing there; send the teacher a little note expressing your thanks for making learning fun for your child.
You have a co-worker who is always willing to make the lunch run; offer to pay for their lunch and tell them thank you. It is no fun going through a drive-thru and placing six different orders and trying to get the drinks back without defiling your car!
You know a mom who is worn out and has a lot on her plate; offer to babysit for a few hours or just let her know how much you admire everything she does.
Smiles, hugs, saying thank you, sending a card, giving a small gift or a moment of your time…small tokens can refill big tanks!
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