We All Need Encouragement

by Kim McDougal

“Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.”
-Proverbs 12:25 (NLT)

We’re faced with choices everyday. Choices between faith or doubt; forgiveness or anger; right or wrong; yes or no; worry or trust. For many people, worry is their daily choice. They may be worried about how they will pay their bills for the month. Someone else is having relationship problems and they’re worried about their spouse, children, parents. It could be situational, someone is in an awful situation and there doesn’t seem to be a way out. Maybe bad choices has caused some to be in a pit and they’re worried if life will ever get better.

These people are all around us and at times, it’s us too. God is the great encourager, but also you and I can be an encouragement when the opportunities arise. A simple arm around the person’s shoulders can really boost their day. Praying a simple prayer with them or for them. Letting them know you and God cares about them. You can even just say, “don’t give up, I’m not giving up on you.” Even as small as a smile to a stranger as you pass them can do wonders for them. No, you may not have the answer for them, but you and I know who does. And when we make it a lifestyle of building others up, you’ll feel better about your own life’s problems. I’ve noticed in my own life, that when I give to someone else, God takes care of me and my concerns.

Just imagine if everyone encouraged another person and it became a domino effect what this world might look like. Let’s let it start with us.

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