Carole Farish – Encourage OthersGuest Posts
I’ve been thinking recently about the importance of encouragement. I think sometimes we forget the impact that encouragement has on others. I have found that an encouraging word is often the little nudge that I’ve needed to challenge myself to do something different, something outside my comfort zone.
I wasn’t sure about applying for university a few years back and my friend Corinna encouraged me to apply. Sometimes it’s taking the first step towards something that is the hardest. I took up the challenge and now I’m in my 2nd year studying History and English and I’m really enjoying it!
It is good to encourage those around you to pursue the dreams they have.
Encouragement can also be found in the small things, a smile, a hug, a high-five. Don’t underestimate the power small things can have on a person’s life. It might be just what they needed that day.
“When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.” (Romans 1:12 NLT)
Encouragement helps to spur each other on and cheers others around you when they are down. In essence, to encourage is saying; “don’t give up, keep going, reaching, fight for what you hope to see come to pass”.
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12 NLT). You may never know the full impact that your encouragement has on someone else.
“So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.”(1 Thessalonians 5:11 MSG)
As you encourage others. The people alongside you can also bring encouragement to you.
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NLT)