30 Apr Be an Encourager…and Be Encouraged!
Have you noticed lately how people are starved for encouragement? Did you know, as Christ-followers, we’re called to give encouragement to others?
Yep, that’s right! Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (emphasis added).
You and I are called to be encouragers because God has first encouraged us. And he’s given us what we need to be encouragers!
I love how the Amplified Bible expands on this calling in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4,
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement), who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God.”
So, not only do you have what it takes to be an encourager, but somebody needs the encouragement that you’ve got to give…the same encouragement that God has given you!
It doesn’t take a lot to be an encourager!
Don’t worry, the least little bit of encouragement goes a really, really long way! It could be a little note on a piece of paper (monograms not required). Or, it could be a phone call. Maybe it could be sending a funny meme via text or a simple email reminder that you’re thinking of them. Or if you’re doing some cooking or baking—make a little extra and take it to a friend…just because. Whatever it is, that little bit of encouragement will mean so much to the person that you’re encouraging.
But what if no one encourages me?
For those of you who might be thinking, “Well, nobody ever encourages me. I don’t get any notes. I don’t get any sweet thoughts texted to me.” Listen, I’m going help you take that chip off your shoulder. JUST DO IT. Go first. Be the person you wish that somebody would be to you and go on and encourage somebody. Make a phone call, write a note, send a text. If you do, I bet you will find that your own heart is encouraged just by giving encouragement to someone else.
People are starved for encouragement, and right now, somebody out there needs you to encourage them. You’re called to it, and you’ll find that when you encourage others, you get encouraged, too.
So go on, go do it! Be an encourager and be encouraged!
I love y’all!