It’s really great to see you. Thank you so much for coming by and taking the time to spend with me. I really cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate your visits. I am so proud to know you and hope that you continue to prosper in your life.
These are words of appreciation and encouragement that express my appreciation for you, the reader, and show you that I value your consideration. Words of encouragement are often overlooked, or skipped altogether in our current society. Too often we take for granted that someone we appreciate just knows that they are appreciated. Or we just prefer to keep to ourselves and go on about our days. We stand and scream for our favorite football team, even when they lose. But who is screaming for us? Why aren’t we cheering for each other more often? We need to be more encouraging.
In 1 Thessalonians, Paul writes from Corinth about the Thessalonian people and their powerful faith echoing throughout the world. Fueled by their encouraging spirit, Paul found favor in their country while he had found opposition in others. Not to let this go unnoticed, he crafted this beautiful letter of gratitude and blessings for their acceptance and faith in the Word. An encouraging word to say the least.
The church can provide encouragement as long as we allow ourselves to be open to it. We can find encouraging words in spiritual writings and the Bible. But what if someone just isn’t motivated to seek that encouragement? What if they just need a gentle push in the right direction? Sometimes it is as simple as telling the cashier at the grocery store that you prayed for her when you found out one of her children was ill. Imagine a world in which we all expressed our love for each other and mankind in this way. As Christ followers it is our obligation to spread the Word and love like Jesus. Are we doing enough of it?
Our church is not a building we go to every Sunday. We go to a place we call church every Sunday, but our church is us, all of us. We are the church, and we are responsible for encouraging each other in every circumstance. Right now there is someone from our congregation struggling with their faith, and uttering the words “why bother?” or “It’s too hard”. Somewhere someone is struggling with addiction to alcohol, drugs or something else in their life that has taken hold of them. And somewhere, someone will take their life in a desperate attempt to escape the demons that are plaguing them. What if that someone was a person we knew, or had come in contact with?
I have seen so many stories of people coming to Jesus out of all walks of life and all situations. Encouraged by something, or someone, they come. I have seen people come to church that I would have bet money against ever stepping foot inside. I have even had some people tell me that I was their reason for coming. I am not sure I am worthy of that kind of gift, but I appreciate them for it, and I encourage them to come back.
In an earlier article I discussed the Butterfly Effect. The simplest acts that have the power to change the world. What if that cashier was the same person who struggled with addiction? What if, through our one act of kindness she decided to go (back) to church and put her salvation in the hands of Christ? It’s more possible than you might be thinking.
We really do have the power to change the world, one person at a time. Regardless of your faith, you have the ability to encourage people every single day. No matter what you do for a living or where you spend your time, you will find an opportunity to encourage someone. If there is something nagging at your soul, telling you that you need to do something for someone, do it today. Don’t wait for “the right time”, because it might be too late. And, acting now just might make a difference in their life that none but God will ever understand.
Thanks for reading my articles. I really do appreciate you, and all your encouragement. I write because I love to write. Sometimes it’s good, and sometimes it’s just all right, but it’s always encouraging, even if only to me.