Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Everyone needs encouragement! We suffer daily with the trials and tribulations of life. We sometimes become discouraged, feel unworthy/unlovable, lost, confused and simply overwhelmed by everything. We have so many stressors in our daily lives that encouragement of any form makes a significant difference. If we each began to have an encouraging word, smile or gesture for every individual we come in contact with, our world would be much brighter and less stressful. Some of that negative energy we would normally use to stress over our own lives would be exerted in the form of positive energy toward encouraging others.
Encouragement means to give hope or support to someone; to give a boost. Sometimes our words are the only encouragement to spur someone on to greatness. So you may be thinking “I hear you, but this encouragement stuff doesn’t come naturally for me.” I’ve got news for you: a smile, a pat on the back, a “THANK YOU”, or a small gift can go a long way in a person’s life. These small acts show others that there is someone who cares. They are valued!
A smile and a hug can also go a long way in restoring hope and helping one regain their focus. Just remember to encourage with love, kindness, and sincerity. Your choice of encouragement must be heartfelt and genuine. Your love, your words of praise and your time could be the difference between life and death.
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. – Romans 12:9-10
“Seize the opportunity to be someone’s #1 cheerleader. The power of your encouragement is not just a game changer; it’s a Life-Changer.”