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There are many reasons to encourage someone. The biggest reason is that God tells us to love one another. God also provides a bonus that we become helped by our acts of kindness and love when we inspire someone. God has a plan for each one of our lives, and our job is to figure out what that plan is with His help. Keep in mind that I heard it said that when you encourage someone, it is like putting perfume on them, and you can not help but get a little on yourself at the same time.~ Bill Greguska
Hebrews 3:13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
Learn Why We Need To Encourage Someone?
Positive Ways To Encourage Someone:
- Be specific when you offer words of praise to others; it makes your encouragement more credible and concrete:
- Celebrate each person’s large and small victories with a note, coffee together, a special meal, and a friendly phone call.
- Do not minimize or correct them by saying things like. “Oh, it’s not that bad,” doing that is not encouraging. They first need to talk things out before answers and solutions start to flow.
- Encourage other believers with a reminder of Christ’s coming. It redirects our thinking towards heaven and our ultimate deliverance from sin and death.
- Encourage others in private. The more people around, the more likely they will not be transparent and honest.
- Please encourage them to rest. Encourage them to unwind for a day or two if needed. Remind them that fatigue makes us not think clearly and make poor decisions.
- Encouragement goes straight to the heart. Think of how big of a difference encouragement has made in your life. What can you do to help others take to heart when the going gets tough, and the way feels long?
- Get on their level. Avoid speaking as superior.
- Have them list ways that God has worked out things for them in the past.
- Help them break down their issues into bite-size pieces.
- If an encouraging thought comes to mind, share it!
- If you want to encourage someone who gives you excellent service, write a commendation letter to the person’s boss.
More Positive Ways To Encourage Someone
- Learn people’s “love languages,” the particular ways they communicate and understand love.
- Make sure that you let them talk. Remember that they have a lot of thoughts and feelings going on right now.
- Offer to be available to talk with them more in the coming week if they would like that.
- Realize the power of presence. Just being there can be encouraging!
- Relate to them a story in your life similar to theirs and how you worked through it?
- Remind fellow Christians of the specific promises of God.
- Remind them that God loves them and will not leave them.
- Remove weight or responsibility temporarily. Keep in mind that some discouraged people need a new challenge.
- Send a note. There’s still nothing like receiving a handwritten note in the mail.
- Show your interest with eye contact and questions, and comments.
- Tell people how they’ve encouraged you! Choose one or two action points on this list to encourage someone in your life today!
- Tell them their value. If you know them well enough, tell them that they are the best (fill in the blank) that you know.
Find The Solution!
“If you focus on the problem, you can’t see the solution. Never focus on the problem.” ~ Patch Adams
- Stop to take a moment to think of something you have done to help someone else.
- Also, take a moment to think of something you are grateful for that someone has done to help you.
Now feel free to share either one or both of your Good News items at Tell-us-something-good!
(This exercise will help you realize the good you and others do for you).
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What We’re Willing To Do To Help Others? First Pray For One Another!
- Be willing to go grocery shopping for someone who cannot make it to the grocery store or can’t afford it.
- Be willing to clean someone’s house. To take the load off someone who is struggling with daily life.
- Be willing to provide rides to doctors’ appointments. If your friend is ill, take her to her doctor’s appointments. Wait with her, comfort her. Please don’t turn away from her discomfort.
- Be willing to do some cooking. Make regular meals for someone ill or is otherwise unable to cook for herself.
- Be willing to be available for babysitting. If you know a couple whose marriage is awkward, offer to watch their children so they can have some time together, just the two of them, or maybe you know someone who needs an hour or two on their own to regain their sanity.
4 Simple Ways To Encourage Someone!
1. Make Smiling Your New Habit!
Your smile can mean a lot to others you come in contact with. It will brighten anyone’s day and cost nothing but effort and mindfulness.
2. Speak Encouragement Rather Than Critique
Every person is fighting a battle of their own, we do not always know what it is, but when we encourage everyone as often as possible, we are bound to encourage the person who needs support. Everyone has a need to be appreciated and encouraged. Are you willing to speak out?
3. Write Encouraging Things Down
There is something special about receiving a card or letter and seeing something written down. This can always be saved and looked at again in the future for additional encouragement.
4. Compliment Others More Often
It is not hard to get into a habit of complimenting others for what they have said, done, what they are wearing, or even what they mean to you personally having them in your life. Compliment as often as you can, and people will realize that you are sincere and care about them more than superficially.
What Often Happens When You Encourage Someone!
More Helpful Ideas To Consider:
Encourage Someone At The Same Time Encourage Yourself!
- Be willing to spend time in a personal Bible study. If you have a friend who struggles with her faith or wants to build a deeper relationship with the Lord, meet with them weekly.
- Be willing to make regular phone calls to let the person know that they are being thought of and cared about by someone.
- Be willing to go for walks with someone and spend time together. Sometimes just being there and being willing to listen is what we all need.
- Be willing to share about yourself and to open up. Be prepared to let go of the “perfect Christian” façade and be ready to share your struggles and faults. Let your friends know that they are not alone.
Be willing to ask your friend what their needs are? Ask them, “How can I help?” Be ready and willing to follow through. God will multiply whatever small offerings of willingness you have for someone in need. He will use you to bless many; you need only to be willing.
Encourage Someone Today!
When you encourage someone, it does not matter who. Help whoever God puts on your heart! It does not need to be spectacular, just a small act of kindness to a friend or stranger! Encourage someone with a random act of kindness! It sounds like a beautiful idea. God’s word commands us to encourage one another. A side benefit of when you promote someone is you will be helping yourself because of your obedience to God. A word of encouragement or act of kindness shared by any of us can influence someone’s life for the better. Even if it is only in a small way, it is still worth it. Encourage someone today, believe me, that you will help lift them and be uplifted up yourself by doing so simultaneously!
Here Are Some Helpful Links:
Do you practice compassion in your life daily?
What does the Bible say about dealing with difficult people?
What is your understanding of being empathic?
Where/how do you draw the line between helping someone and allowing someone to take advantage of you?
Why is encouragement so crucial, according to the Bible?
How To Encourage Someone?
Point out to someone a quality you appreciate in them.
Be sensitive to others’ encouragement needs and offer supportive words or actions.
Who comes to mind that you could encourage?
You can phone, email, text, send a card, or make arrangements to meet with that person.
Ask the Holy Spirit to direct you.
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