Earlier today I came across a super encouraging note from a friend telling me how much I mean to him and how much my input has meant in his life. Right away my spirits were lifted. For many years now I have kept a file with notes of encouragement that people have given me. That file is life-giving when I feel down.
Encouragement is critical. Encouragement keeps us going. But how often do you think about saying something encouraging to someone only to have that thought never leave your head? Check out this verse from the New Testament:
1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV “…Encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
We all need encouragement. I have never met a person who feels like he is encouraged or thanked too often. So instead of simply thinking about what a person has meant to you, consider actually telling them. Is there a person that you need to thank? Is there a person that you have thought about encouraging but haven’t done so? One person that I know writes one encouraging note five days a week. This habit helps him focus on being thankful for the role that others have played in his life or in the lives of others.
Here are a few ways to encourage or thank a person:
1. Send a quick email or text.
2. Make a phone call.
3. Give someone a gift.
4. Write a letter.
5. Make a simple comment. (It’s not as awkward as you think)
Who do you need to thank? Who would you like to encourage? Why not do it now?
What do you think? Comment and continue the conversation.
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