Saturday, June 16, 2012

Blessed are Those who Encourage Others

If you see anyone is doing something good, if you like what he or she’s doing, if you love it, if it worth praise, tell the person now – don’t waste a second! Don’t withhold your compliment till the person finished doing it and someday might forget about it. For then, no matter how you shout it, the person will never know about it, not know how much you appreciate it. So if you feel like you want to give the person some praise, now is the time to tell it. For who know, if you never see that person again… or the person might never see you again.

Who could the person(s) be? Perhaps; your parent, co-worker, employer, employee, classmate, cleaner, storekeeper, bus/taxi driver, cashier, teacher, waiter, friend, elder, stranger, or if you want to be more radical – maybe even to your so-called ‘enemy’. Give some genuine praise due to them. Give them encouragement for job well done. “There are high spots in all of our lives,” writes George Matthew Adams, “and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else. I don’t care how great, how famous, or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause.”
Would you be the one who makes a different in someone else’s life today?

If the person earns your praise, bestow it. If the person inspires you, let it be known. If you love that person, go and tell. Your words may warm their heart, give them new hope, renewal their faith and encouragement to uplifting their soul into greatness. Do not wait till life is over.

William Barclay once said,
One of the highest of human duties is the duty of encouragement… it is easy to laugh at men’s ideals; it is easy to pour cold water on their enthusiasm; it is easy to discourage others. The world is full of discouragers. We have a Christian duty to encourage one another. Many a time word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept a man on his feet. Blessed is the man who speaks such a word.”

Be an encourager!

THINK BIG. Yes, THINK BIG! Even God encouraged, “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9NLT), how much more we ought to encourage others?
START SMALL. Give praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer wherever, whenever you have a chance and opportunity.
GO DEEP. Make it a habit; a godly habit. Don’t simply live, spend more time encouraging others.

P.s: I want to tell my mom that dinner today is awesome! Thanks, mom! Wooooohooo!!!!
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