ENCOURAGEMENT? When is the last time you offered words of encouragment to anyone? Have you encouaged your wife (or husband lately? How about your children, or other family members? Do you treat you co-workers with inderference, or do you encourage them?
Then your social friends…. do you encourage them? Or your Church Leader… they’re human… they need words of encouragement just like anyone else. It’s not that difficult; you can start today even. Does your wife have a particular hard day ahead of her? When you leave in the morning, for work, try giving her a “specail hug,” with words of endearment and encouragement, and even THANKS.
Try attending some school or sporting events with your children, and in the process, compliment them on a school project, or their progress in sports, or some civic matter. When you arrive at work, make it a point to compliment your secretary, or co-worker on the good job they’re doing. It wouldn’t hurt, even, to offer words of encouragement to your employer. You could tell him/her that you realize that the economy has really taken a hit on the business, and how much you appreciate all they do, and how much you enjoy your job.
Telling the Minister that you enjoyed his sermon last Sunday would do wonders to his disposition. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Peter 4:8-10 – Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. As a parting thought; don’t even bother to ENCOURAGE anyone, unless you “really mean” it. Empty words of encouragement …are…well, …empty. Mean what you say, and say what you mean. ….Blessings…cjlb …10/29/14