6 Days til Christmas ~ Encouragement

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Featured | 3 comments

The word encouragement literally means to instill courage. Many people today find themselves in hopeless situations or surrounded by daunting tasks. They are tempted to give up until someone like you comes along and gives them what they need most–an encouraging word.

Give a Word of Encouragement

I remember clearly the day I was sitting at the piano and trying my best to play through a difficult piece. My brother walked through the room and commented. Wow, you sure have improved your playing a lot. I think you will make a great piano player. Those simple words meant the world to me and were a constant source of encouragement as I labored for hours a week on my music practice.

People do not need any discouragement. They have enough working against them before they start and the last thing they need is to have some hinder them further. One day as I was tucking a little sibling in bed for nap time, I encouraged them to pray. This was our custom and it had become so routine that this little sibling simply said nearly the same words each and every time. This day was no exception, however, they went through it so quickly I could barely understand the words.

Trying to make a point I corrected my little sibling by saying, “Don’t you realize you are talking to God who is your friend? Talk with Him in prayer instead of repeating your memorized prayer.” The sibling looked up in surprise and then turned away offended. I remembered the Scripture, “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:6). Discouraging or hindering a little one is a very serious matter. On the other hand, encouragement can be one of the most powerful motivators for others along life’s journey. Thankfully, I did go back and ask for forgiveness. Now, anytime I hear a little child pray I try to be as encouraging as possible.

3 Comments

  1. What do you do when your trying to encourage somebody, but they take it wrong and call it, “preaching” or say that your, “judging” them when that is clearly not your intention? Because I know some who are actually offended by good hearted words of encouragement sometimes when I give it for some odd reason…. Why is this?

    • Pride… You can say the best of things, at the right time, and in the right way, but pride will always cast them down. Hope this helps. Mrs.Clark

  2. Yeah! I am an arrogant person. Thanks for pointing that out! I will try and work on not being so prideful.

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