We all need encouragement. Sharing a kind or positive word, paying a compliment, giving a hug or a pat on the back, recognizing someone for a job well done. These are all powerful ways to boost the mental and spiritual state of those around you.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
Encouraging others is a way to stir them up to love and perform good works. That’s pretty powerful stuff especially in a world that seems geared toward tearing us down.
Encouraging Someone Is Easy, But Powerful
It just doesn’t take much to encourage others. How much effort is it really?
Drop a note, send an email, publicly praise someone. None of these take much time, money or effort. Yet they can stir us up to love and good works.
I received several comments and emails yesterday encouraging me regarding the launch of this site. It was awesome and I want to thank those that offered the kind words. It spurs me on knowing that others are behind me.
It also inspired me to write about the power of encouragement. Obviously, encouraging really works.
Encourage Someone Today
I now feel challenged to pay it forward. I’m going to be on the lookout for those around me that need a word of encouragement.
Who around you needs a little encouragement?
Maybe its a co-worker, a friend, your spouse, one of your children, the lady at the checkout stand, your pastor or your neighbor. Don’t discount the power of sending a little encouragement their way. A quick text message or uplifting word might make all the difference in their day.
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. Proverbs 12:25 (ESV)
A little encouragement is like a ripple on a pond. It goes out and who knows who it will touch?