We live in rather uncivil times. We’re a divided nation in a divided world. In times like these, the world needs a volunteer army of encouragers. It’s one of the best ways to show love. Paul said, “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT)
Encouragement isn’t empty flattery. Being fake helps no one. Speaking words of affirmation isn’t about the needs of the encourager but about the encouraged. Encouragement is about acknowledging the truth about someone, ultimately to remind them of God’s goodness toward them. And encouragement needs to happen at multiple levels. Some need a simple greeting of encouragement while others need the healing of encouraging counsel.
You will never lack a target when you’re looking for someone to encourage in the world in which we live. So take up the challenge today, turn your attention outward, and find someone to encourage.