Encouragement

He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.  Philippians 1:6 

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Encouragement may be just a small thing:  a kind word, smile, hug, or a card.  It may take only a moment to perform, but it has the potential, to have life-long consequences.  There is not one of us who couldn’t use a word of encouragement.

A kind word from a teacher could be just the thing a struggling students needs to hear.  A co-worker who is dealing with a bad medical diagnosis could use a hug.  A spouse who is feeling overlooked or unloved could use some words of affirmation  The cashier at Walmart who has had nothing but rude customers all month would appreciate a smile and a word of thanks.

Encouragement is often lost in the business of life, yet it can be the very thing that is needed for someone to face another day, face a job loss, or face a difficult season in their life.  Encouragement helps others to feel valued, loved, and motivated to take on a arduous challenge.

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  Hebrews 3:13

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  Hebrews 10:25 

God’s word tells us to encourage one another daily.  Let’s take the time to encourage those we love, those we fellowship with, and those we meet on the street.

Encouragement is oxygen to the Soul.   George Matthew Adams

God’s love for us gives us the reason to encourage others.  God’s love in us gives us the ability to encourage others.  God’s love through us gives us the way to encourage others.  John C. Maxwell

People go farther than they thought they could when someone else thinks they can.  John C. Maxwell

Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.  Abraham Lincoln

There are three kinds of people in the world today.  There are “well-poisoners,” who discourage you and stomp on your creativity and tell you what you can’t do.  There are “lawn-mowers,” people who are well-intentioned but self-absorbed; they tend to their own needs, mow their own lawns, and never leave their yards to help another person.  Finally, there are “life-embancers,” people who reach out to enrich the lives of others, to lift them up and inspire them.  We need to be life-enhancers, and we need to surround ourselves with life-enhancers.  Walt Disney

Count blessings, Kasey

  

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4 thoughts on “Encouragement

  1. Hi Kasey,
    I so agree with you, but will admit that too often I get caught up in the stress of the day and don’t extend that smile or encouragement. Thank you for this needed reminder.
    Visiting from The Weekend Brew.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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