What do you think of when you hear the word “encouragement”? It is a little different for everyone.
Here are a few things that many people may think of when they hear the word.
Heartening - cheering - cheering up - buoying up - pepping up - uplifting - inspiration - rallying - motivation - incitement - stimulation - invigoration - invigorating - emboldening - fortification - morale-boosting - a shot in the arm - spiriting up - inspiriting - persuasion
Which one pings your heart the most?
The definition that we will be working with for this blog post is:
the action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope.
"thank you for all your support and encouragement"
Encouragement can put wind in your sails and momentum to get things done that you didn't want to do.
When I think of the people that I know that are encouragers, they appear to be more happy. I believe that they have a “focus on what you want” mentality. They are certainly more of a joy to be around. I get energy from encouraging people. It is a good reminder for me that I want to be one of the encouragers.
With all that in mind, let’s talk about encouragement and how it connects to the three types of relationships that we have been talking about over the last few weeks.
Starting with God makes sense because He is the true great encourager.
Here are some great scriptures to remind us of the things we can do in Christ:
- do all things through Christ Philippians 4:13
- find mercy and grace to help Hebrews 4:16
- come boldly to the throne of grace Hebrews 4:16
- quench all the fiery darts Ephesians 6:16
- declare liberty to captives Isaiah 61:1
- pray always and everywhere Luke 21:36
- defeat (overcome) the enemy Revelation 12:11
This blog article has several other great scriptures as well.
As I was considering what to share about God and encouragement, I wondered if we need to give encouragement back to God? That is a pretty deep question. I am not sure that I have a complete answer but do believe that when we honor God and worship Him in truth and love it may be encouraging to Him.
Often when it comes to encouragement, we are very last on the list of showing encouragement to ourselves. Sometimes we may not even make the list. My encouragement to you (see what I did there) is to show yourself the love and encouragement that you so freely give to others.
I saw a great meme recently - it said, There will always be someone that can’t see your worth. Dont let it be you.
When we can do a better job at seeing ourselves how God sees us, we can do a better job of loving ourselves well, which will, in turn, allow us to love others well too.
Encouraging others can be hard sometimes. Knowing how to encourage others in a healthy way can be hard to navigate. How do they best receive encouragement? In the coming weeks, I will share more about the 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. Understanding the different love languages will help you be able to do a better job at sharing encouragement appropriately.
This also ties back to the Relationship Bullseye because it will depend on where they are at on your bullseye as to what level of encouragement you might be open to sharing.
If someone is in your core this means you know them really well. They are one of your three closest relationships. Showing them encouragement will likely come more naturally due to the level of the relationship
If someone is a follower it will be a little more tricky but knowing that even a kind word letting them know you are thinking of them can go a long way.
With all the isolation of the last year, finding ways to get reconnected with people in real life is something many of us are trying to do right now.
This week my challenge for you is to reach out to someone that you haven't talked to in a while and give them some encouragement. Will you do it? If so, I would love to hear what you said/did and how they responded.
Schedule a “get to know each other” Zoom meeting!
Playlists — music can change your mood, enjoy some of the songs that encourage me.
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