“Where Seldom Is Heard A Discouraging Word”

You are familiar with the song, “Home On The Range?”
The chorus goes like this; “…where seldom is heard, a discouraging word…”
If discouraging words are seldom heard, it makes the home on the range sound pretty appealing, doesn’t it?
We all need encouragement. Proverbs 12:25 says, “..worry weighs a person down, but an encouraging word cheers a person up.” Everyone needs encouragement. We need to hear a kind word at times.
I love to encourage people. I enjoy telling someone if they have done a good job. Mark Twain once said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” We are all like that. Everyone needs a good pat-one-the-back at times.
Several years ago, when I was Pastor of a church in Mississippi, a Deacon came out one Sunday and said, “Bro. Gregg, that was a good sermon.” I thanked him and then he said, “Everyone needs an ‘attaboy’ every now and then.” He was right. We all need it.
Is there someone you need to encourage? Maybe the Lord has brought someone to your mind. Maybe you need to send someone a text or an email or, better yet, maybe you need to encourage this person face-to-face.
Now, someone may say, “I need encouragement… I grew up in a negative home.” I understand. You need someone to encourage you. But, let’s be realistic… it may not happen. I’m not trying to be discouraging but, I’m trying to be realistic. So how can you encourage yourself? Remind yourself that Jesus loves you. That Jesus died for you. I know that’s not a person saying “I appreciate you” but, the fact is, if we were the only person on earth, Jesus would have died for us. He loves you.

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