Let’s face it, it is a rough world out there! So many people are facing trials and struggles on a daily basis. Struggles which threaten their self confidence, peace of mind, daily well being, relationships, health, mental health, and their safety. We are often overwhelmed by the feeling that life is more than we can handle- that we aren’t enough, strong enough, rich enough, powerful enough, …….. The list goes on and on. When these times hit each of us, we need people in our lives who can be an encourager! Actually, this command is repeated several times in scriptures- encourage one another.
One of the first reactions we have we encounter some one is to give advice. We have all been there….. You know the words… If I were you I would……… You should…….
As great and wise as our advice might be or we think it might be, what people actually need from us is pure and simple encouragement. Not cheerleaders, but instead those who help others to not give up but to have hope and faith.
Encouragement from others breathes life into our souls. That right word given in a time of need can be the catalyst that makes all the difference for the person receiving those words!
So many people feel like they just are not cut out to be encouragers. They protest and say no, not me!!! The truth is quite different, however. We can all be encouragers!! The question is how? What can we do to be encouragers for those around us?
One way of doing encouraging others is to have a real and loving concern for other people. By paying attention to those around us, we become aware of what is going on in their lives. We come out of our tunnels and see their feelings, fears, and circumstances.
We can truly listen to what others are saying to us. When we really listen to others, we can begin to understand where they are coming from……where their hearts are….. the ways that they need encouragement.
Being a source of Hope, is also a great way to encourage those around us. People often feel as if the situation in whcih they are in is inescapable that there is no solution or quite frankly no silver lining on the dark cloud hanging over their head. As a source of hope, we can show that situations are changeable and fluid. Problems can be solved and we can pursue solutions to the situations threatening our well-being.
If you are a person of faith, then pray for those around you who need encouragement! We all know that our words of prayer have power I them as our Father heats them all! Let the person know that you have sent up prayers about them! Whether they believe or not. It does not matter! Just the thought that someone cares enough to take the time to include them in their prayers brings a feeling of belonging and a warm feeling that someone cares!! Who wouldn’t be encouraged by that!!
We are also strong believers in the small act of encouraging others by giving them something! No, we do not mean something big and expensive! It can be a pack of gum, a flower, a note, or even something silly! The point is hat you take the time to think of them and put it into action!
All of us are going to at some time need someone in our lives who will encourage us and offer hope during times of stress or sadness. Think about how you have felt when others have offered some form of encouragement to you! Let’s be the the change we want to see in the world and encourage those around us!!
Hugs and Kisses from us to each of you!!