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15 Mar – Encouragement

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There are times in life when we all need encouragement and to be people of courage. I think the world as a whole is in one of those times.  For, “to live in courage requires encouragement.” (Bill Johnson).

The power of encouragement is astounding in the effect it can have. Do you ever think of the positive power of your words and actions and how they can effect others? What would happen to the world around us (our family, friends, and work colleagues) if they could always feel encouraged?

The definition of an encourager is someone “who gives support, confidence and hope to others. They spur on, stir up and embolden those around them”.

I happen to be married to an encourager and have never heard my husband say, “it’s not possible to do that”or it’s too hard. Instead when people are around him he draws out their dreams, aspirations and the plan of God on their lives. Then he simply encourages. Sometimes that might mean he challenges people where they are at; encouraging them to not settle or remain living in fear. But he always encourages with the purpose of inspiring and firing up buried dreams and vision. He encourages people to trust God and to stand on His promises. That’s what encouragers do! As C.S Lewis so aptly put “You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”

Imagine what a difference it would make (and especially when many are anxious and afraid), if we created a culture of encouragement and empowering faith in our community. If we encouraged and supported one another and learnt how to harness the potential and power of encouragement in our daily interactions.

The power of encouragement brings benefits to both the giver and the recipient.

  1. It keeps people going especially in times of pressure and fear, helping them to achieve things they would not have thought possible on their own.

  2. It lifts people up and makes them feel better about themselves their lives and their future.

  3. It helps to dissolve fear, self-doubt and builds self-esteem.

Right now we have the opportunity to empower and encourage others because people everywhere desperately need renewed courage and strength. Just our kind words, acts of service, thoughtful gestures, giving to others or even just a smile can literally transform someone’s day and renew their courage. 

We far to often surmise that the need is too great and think, “what can I do anyway?” But  “If we did all the things we are capable of we would astound ourselves.” (Thomas Edison).

Don’t underestimate the power of encouragement in your life, or the effect your encouragement can have on the lives of others. Encourage someone today and reap the benefit of knowing you are bringing a little bit of sunshine, hope and courage to someone who needs it today.

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” (William James)

Prayer: Lord please help me to receive encouragement when I need it, and also to use what I have to bring courage and hope to others. In Jesus Name Amen

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