Encourage: giving courage, confidence, or hope
“The sons of Israel present in Jerusalem celebrated the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with great joy, and the Levites and the priests praised the LORD day after day with loud instruments to the LORD. Then Hezekiah spoke encouragingly to all the Levites who showed good insight in the things of the LORD.” 2 Chronicles 30:21-22
I just want to thank all of those people who speak, have spoken, and will speak encouragingly to me. There are so many people in my life, both friends, and acquaintances, who say the most awesome and encouraging things to me.
This may seem dramatic, but I believe that I am a stronger Christian because of your encouraging words.
Also, I guess I have the “Words of Affirmation” love language thing going on, so words mean a lot to me. Of course, I’m also quite vulnerable to the DIScouraging words as well. Sticks and stones will break my bones, but I have yet to be able to master the “words will never hurt me” part.
So, thank you for producing courage in me with your words. Your kind, truthful, sometimes hard, but loving words are so much more impactful to me than you could ever know, and I’m extremely grateful.
May I encourage all of us to do this for each other as 1 Thessalonians. 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.”
Remember, we’re either building each other up or tearing each other down with our words.
In a world where depression and sadness are so prevalent, I consider encouraging people a necessity. It’s a gift to lift people up. But it’s even more than that. I think giving encouragement is a superpower that causes people to see their circumstances in a whole new light, and actually equips them with a superpower of their own to overcome in superhero fashion.
Encouragement: it’s super powerful!
Thanks for reading.