Be An Encourager

Life is tough. We make mistakes… things happen… and we can easily get down.
Maybe we got laid off. Maybe we applied for a job and didn’t get it. Maybe our parents were kind of partial to other siblings. Maybe we have gone through or, we are going through a divorce. Maybe we lost a friend or loved one. Whatever it may be, life hits us and, life doesn’t care how hard it hits us. Sometimes, it can really punch us. When that happens, we need encouragement. We need a pat on the back. We need someone to let us know they care about us.
In I Thessalonians 5:11, Paul challenges us, “…encourage each other and build each other up…” To EN courage someone we put courage IN the person. How does that happen? We say a kind word. We affirm them. Maybe we even help them. On the other hand, to DIScourage someone is take courage out. How does that happen? It happens through criticizing them… or making fun of them.
So, are you an encourager or a discourager? I hope you are an encourager. The world needs more encouragers.
Maybe you know someone who is down… someone who is struggling.. and they need some encouragement. Just a pat in the back may do it… Maybe a text message with some encouraging words…
I read this poem recently that spoke to me;
“I watched them tearing a building down,
A gang of men in a busy town.
With a ho-heave-ho and a lusty yell,
They swung a beam, and the side wall fell.
I asked the foreman: “Are these skilled–
And the men you’d hire if you had to build?”
He gave me a laugh and said: “No, indeed!
Just common labor is all I need.
I can wreck in a day or two
What builders have taken a year to do.”
And I thought to myself as I went my way,
Which of these roles have I tried to play?
Am I a builder who works with care
Measuring life by a rule and square?
Am I shaping my deeds to a well made Plan,
Patiently doing the best I can?
Or am I a wrecker, who walks the town
Content with the chore of tearing down?”

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