It doesn't take much to give encouragment. We all need more courage to face the struggles of our days, our relationships, our doubts, our responsibilities. Who am I seeking to give courage to today?
Encouragment can just be leaving voicemail for a friend. A sandwich cut into a cute shape for a sad child. A hand written letter to another...that conveys you spent the time to think about them, care about them, and want them in your life. "Life words"...telling your husband and children what makes them special. Send an e-card to a faraway friend. Remember someone's birthday. Give a hug. Let another driver in front of you. Tell the downtrodden, "I believe in you". Buy a small gift for another. Volunteer. "You will make it through this!" Run an errand for a friend. Watch their child for an afternoon. Invite a friend out to coffee. And never forget the power of forgiveness...to know another forgives us when we fail brings ease and refreshment to a heart. Share a Psalm. Sing a song. Give a fresh flower. Pray for and with.
Encouragment lifts our eyes off of our own inadequacies, our insecurites, our own problems and has us look out for others. To know where they are and what they need. And in the process of "one anothering" we are blessed. We are happier. We get perspective. We are encouraged.
I encourage you to encourage another this day!