Encourage: to give courage, hope, or confidence to someone, to provide support or help when needed.
Have you noticed how the constant barrage from social media reinforces feelings of fear, inadequacy, and insecurity? For some, even the volume or tone of well-meaning news anchors only adds another layer of tension and anxiety. Stop and think about how this discourages your loved ones. Not good, right?
The early church struggled with discouragement and deceitfulness, much like today. Hebrews 3:13 speaks of this when he wrote: “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
That’s why your intentional, heartfelt words of encouragement can be a source of strength to your family, especially in times of uncertainty. Encouraging words of assurance, admiration, appreciation, or affection that speak to what’s “right” about them. Your encouraging thoughtful words remind them of their uniqueness and your unconditional love.
Your encouraging words, consistently and genuinely spoken, initiate a profound response in the heart of your loved ones. Kind of like, a yard sale sign stapled to the telephone pole. These signs aren’t fancy illuminated billboards urging us to buy something we don’t need. It’s a small cardboard and magic marker sign, seemingly unnoticeable. Yet I would bet that more people look for and respond to these little homemade signs each weekend than giant billboards that line our highways, just like your warm words of encouragement.
Be mindful that your consistent affirming words of encouragement make them smile when they think of you, family, and home.
“A word of encouragement during a failure is more potent than a word of praise after achievement.”
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