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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 of our lives, and our job is to figure out what that plan is with His help.
I discovered this firsthand from the divorce I went through in 2007, which made me very depressed; my pastor Ron Sauer and his wife, Sue, encouraged me to reach out to inspire others. That is how this website came to be in 2007. The little effort I put into encouraging others multiplied back to me 100-fold over the years. It was just what I needed to get out of the depression and pity party that I fell into. Ron and Sue were wise, and I am thankful I listened to their advice. 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.
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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 toward heaven and our ultimate deliverance from sin and death.
- Encourage others in need to be more. 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 about how you can make encouragement a part of your daily life.
- Get on their level. Avoid speaking as superior.
- Have them list ways 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 their own feelings going on.
- Offer to talk with them during the 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. Just to let you know, 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
- Take a moment to think of something you have done to help someone.
- 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 Are You Willing To Do To Help Others?
- Pray for them.
- 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 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.
FOUR 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 easy 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. I’d like to remind you as often as possible, and people will realize you are sincere and care about them more than superficially.
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53 Ways To Encourage Someone:
- Ask someone for information on something they love or excel at and listen closely.
- Be a positive, joyful person. We can only encourage, love, and bless others with what we already have.
- Be encouraging to all you meet. You never know who is having a hard day.
- Be patient with the clerk at the store, especially when there is a long line and challenging customers. Offer an additional word of thanks.
- Be quick to listen and slow to talk. Sometimes, the best encouragement is a listening ear.
- Cheer up one who is discouraged with a hug, spending time with her, sharing the truth, giving hope, and telling a joke.
- Choose to live a life of character and integrity. It encourages others to stay the course and model your example.
- Do a task usually done by your partner. Just because.
- Do you know someone who is going through rough waters? Secretly send them a card or note every day for a week.
- Encourage a friend to put their hope in God, who provides everything for our enjoyment.
- Encourage someone beginning a new job with the latest motivational or business book in hardcover or on Kindle.
- Extend neighborly kindness and encouragement.
- Bake and share…especially warm from the oven. Have phone numbers of several neighbors so you can go down a list to find one at home to bless with your fresh-baked goodness.
- Fill jelly jars with flowers picked from your garden. Drop by a nursing home with them and bless the residents there.
- Find a way to remember to pray for a friend. One gal who doesn’t get to see her friend often has a pact with that friend to listen at night for the train whistles. It’s their signal to pray for each other.
- For the one out of work, invite them to dinner, send a gift card to the grocery store or gas station (anonymously?), and send a unique food gift like Omaha Steaks.
- Freely say thanks for every kindness extended your way.
- Give a gift handmade by you.
- Give a sincere compliment.
- Give words of blessing. When we bless others, we release the blessing of God on them.
- Have a few small gifts on hand to give someone just because.
- If your friend is grieving a loved one, encourage them to talk about the person and listen well.
- Is there a young couple you know who does not have the luxury of family nearby? Offer to watch their children so they can accomplish a project or go shopping. Take it further, give them a gift card to a restaurant, and care for their children while they are out.
- Let a parent know that you notice their positive parenting.
- Let someone know they are important to you by turning off your cell phone when someone starts sharing with you.
- Let your friend know you pray for her regularly.
- Listen to young people and value their ideas and opinions.
- Look out for a co-worker. Everyone needs someone to be in their corner, to have their back.
- Love your spiritual leaders regularly by sending them a card or note in the mail, asking them to breakfast or lunch, or helpfully offering your time.
- Make it a point to do what is good for all. People notice and appreciate it when you put others’ needs before yours.
- Many are starved for human touch. A hand on the shoulder or similar touch, used with caution, is encouraging. For some, a hug could be life-changing.
- People rarely get personal mail delivered anymore. Write or type a long or short letter or note of encouragement and put it in the mail.
- Pick up the phone, listen, and encourage someone who lives far away. Don’t do all the talking.
- Pray for someone when they share a hurt or burden. Right then. People are more blessed when you pray with them immediately rather than saying I’ll be praying for you.
- Promote a friend or acquaintance for the things they do. (Including their business). Everyone needs a cheerleader.
- Put together a care package. Who wouldn’t want to receive a tangible box of love and encouragement?
- Random acts of kindness have a powerful ripple effect.
- Remind one struggling in a relationship that God loves each of us with everlasting love. He never quits on us; he never gives up on us.
- Remind the one who feels alone in their battle of Jesus’ promise, “I will never leave you….”
- Secretly send a gift card for a coffee at Starbucks to the coffee lover with a sweet note.
- Send a short note on Facebook or text message a friend with a few encouraging words.
- Slip a little card in a co-workers mailbox thanking them or recognizing them for something in the workplace.
- Smile. Often. A smile can change the trajectory of someone’s day.
- Some people are most encouraged by acts of service; rake leaves for an elderly neighbor, plant a porch pot and keep it watered, take the garbage to the street each week and, return the empty can to the garage after pick-up, walk the dog.
- Speak life-affirming words. What are the good qualities you recognize in your friend? Tell them what they are and how they live out those qualities in good ways.
- Spouses need encouragement. Leave “Post-it” notes with words of gratitude and love thoughts in special places.
- Tell your boss, pastor, or another leader you appreciate him.
- Treat your co-worker with something small now and then: a candy bar, their favorite coffee, a fun pen, etc.
- Validate the one you’re speaking with; the one sharing their heart may be feeling a lack of self-worth. It’s wonderful to be validated by someone you genuinely like and admire!
- When talking with someone, ask them about themselves and their situation, don’t talk about yourself.
- Who do you love? Tell your friend or family member you do. We all need to hear that we are loved.
- Write down a Bible verse that meets the need of your friend and send it in the mail, text it, or post it on their Facebook wall for encouragement.
- Write love letters
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 they are being thought of and cared about by someone.
- Be willing to go for walks with someone and spend time together. Sometimes we all need to be there and be ready to listen.
- 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 must only 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 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 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, 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 arrange to meet with that person.
Ask the Holy Spirit to direct you.
Encouraged To Encourage Others
(This section is from The Book I wrote)
Lord, I have learned you have allowed everything that happens, both good and bad. When something terrible happens, in due time, you can turn it into something useful. As a result of my divorce, I tried to thank my pastor and his wife for all of their support, which was immense and still continues, 12 years later. When I asked them what I could do to repay them, their advice echoed 2 Corinthians 1:3-4: to encourage others with the encouragement that I received from you, Lord.
That advice was perfectly timed! I took their suggestion, first starting a phone helpline, and later building my website. Not only could I focus time and energy on encouraging others, but it helped me concentrate on others instead of myself. Rather than having a constant pity party, I became productive for your kingdom.,
Lord, I have learned an insight from all my troubles, which is ironic. I learned that to encourage others is, by far, one of the best ways to be encouraged myself. I am thankful to have acquired this wisdom even though it took a divorce to learn this lesson.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
When you encourage others, you in the process are encouraged because you’re making a commitment and difference in that person’s life. Encouragement really does make a difference. ~ Zig Ziglar, American author and motivational speaker.
Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:
Proverbs 18:24 ESV
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
John 15:13 ESV
Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends.
Proverbs 17:17 ESV
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Proverbs 27:9 ESV
Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.
Proverbs 27:17 ESV
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
John 15:12 ESV
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
Proverbs 16:28 ESV
A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.
Proverbs 17:9 ESV
Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.
Proverbs 13:20 ESV
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
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