By January 1, 2014 One Comment

encouragementThe best exercise is reaching down to lift someone else up. Encouragers do a lot of heavy lifting.

Sometimes, you may not even be aware another person is down. However, you feel prompted to say something or do something kind for them.

How often in response have you heard the words, “That was just what I needed. Thank you.”

7 Reasons to Be an Encourager

1. Someone needs to hear your voice or read something you’ve written…today.

It may be a friend or your spouse or your boss or the barista making your favorite espresso.

Someone is waiting for your unexpected but needed words of care or appreciation.

2. The tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body.

Use thoughtful and timely words to lift someone up.

“…let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works…encouraging one another….” Hebrews 10:23-25(ESV)

“And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with many words.” Acts 15:32(ESV)

3. Encouragement is a priceless investment of your care.

To encourage is “to inspire with hope, courage, or confidence.” Everybody needs those qualities in abundance.

4. Encouragement is a God thing.

When a discouraging train of thought enters your mind, you can be sure it is not from God.

God sometimes allows hardship in our lives but God never brings discouragement.

5. God encourages you to comfort you and to make you a comforter.

“…the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” 2 Corinthians 1:4,5 (NIV)

6. Being an encourager can save someone’s life.

The exchange of dialogue between Frodo and Sam in “The Two Towers” says it all.

Frodo: “I can’t do this, Sam.”

Sam: “I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end.

But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.” JR Tolkien, The Two Towerstwo+towers+3

7. Encouragers make use of their past struggles and turn them into empathy.

Gabby Giffords, an former Arizona Congresswoman, was ambushed and seriously wounded on January 8, 2011.

During her recovery she “was depressed by the fact that a woman of her standing could no longer count on making it to the rest room ‘in time’ during the extensive rehabilitation that followed her shooting.”

Her husband, commander of a space shuttle crew, encouraged her by identifying with her limitation. “Even revered astronauts,” he revealed, “have bodily limits and have to rely on Huggies during extended launch exercises.” Gabrielle Giffords, A Story of Courage and Hope

Make it your goal to encourage someone today. Join the Courageous movement.

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Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 28 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 39 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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  • Patricia says:

    You don’t have to do something big to encourage someone. It can be very simple. Looking and smiling at someone let’s them know you see and acknowledge them. Saying hello opens the door for a conversation. Contacting someone you know just to say they are in your thoughts might just be what they need at that time. Buy someone a coffee, sit or take a walk with them. Keep it simple, it means a lot.

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