“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11
I was reminded by a Pastor friend of mine recently that I could be a source of encouragement to others. His response caught me off guard because I had been complaining and feeling discouraged myself. At that moment when I had felt defeated, he spoke words to me that was not only what I needed to hear, but it also took me out of the funk that I was feeling within my little pity-party. This Pastor friend told me to look around and find people who needed encouragement, and to be that encouragement I was looking for in others towards them. It got me thinking, how much different the world would be if we all were looking out for each other and going out of our way to encourage.
We might not know what THAT person is facing or going through, but just by being an encourager can make all of the difference! A few kind words might be all that is needed. Perhaps praying with them or for them will be your way of encouraging them. Whatever it might be, do it…step out there and go out of your way to reassure someone that God loves them and you do too. A little bit of love goes a long way.
Homework assignment today: Look up. Look out, and go to someone you may or may not know and encourage them in some way, shape or form.
Prayer: Lord grant me your eyes to see the needs of those around me today and this weekend. Help me to share your love with those I come in contact with. Thank you for encouraging me, now help me to encourage others. In your name I pray these things.