"How do you know if someone needs encouragement? If they are breathing.” Truett Cathy, founder of @ChickfilA
One of my favorite things to do is to encourage the people that I come in contact with. It often becomes evident that the words or occasion is something that God brought our way. It made a difference for me and the other person.
To encourage someone may be the very thing that allows them to meet God, to hear His truth and to open their lives to greater days. We need to take every opportunity to be an encourager and to help others be stronger and better.
The definition of “encourage” goes like this: it is to give somebody hope or confidence or to urge somebody to do something. We can encourage people in many different ways. It can come through come a conversation. It may come through a handwritten card or an email. It may come through a listening ear or a Scripture shared. Encouragement comes when we open our hearts and lives to other people.
Here is a definition that I have come to: An action taken from one person by design to influence another person because of something we know, have experienced or strongly believe. Encouragement is a choice we have to make. It is when we choose to make a difference in someone else’s life.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 NASB
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
As you are already doing … Many people I know live a life of encouragement. Daily they are making a difference in the lives of their family, friends and those they come in contact with. This word says keep on doing what you are doing. It is important.
1 Thessalonians 5:14 NASB
We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
Find these people and do something to make their lives better … admonish the unruly, fainthearted, weak, be patient … none of those are life threatening, yet there are things that take our minds to places of death. Encouragement changes the direction people are headed. Praise God for the courage He places in our lives through His son.
Isaiah 35:3 NASB
Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.
Have you ever been exhausted or feeble? Most of us have. Find something that needs encouragement and give it. Who outside your normal, everyday routine needs to be given hope and confidence? Find them. Encourage them. It will make a difference!