Hebrews 10:23-25 (NIV)
23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Proverbs 12:25 (NIV)
25 Anxiety weighs down the heart,
but a kind word cheers it up.
Most of us get tons of emails and other social media messages each and every day. How many of those are so encouraging that we actually print them out and tape them to our desks? Most likely, it is not many. I actually do print out messages that I find very encouraging. I have them taped up all around my computer at work so I can see them each day I am in the office. These notes and verses are everything encouragement should be- timely, sincere, and specific. These messages are exactly the kind of pick-me-up that I need and I seem to get them just when I need them the most. When I am feeling discouraged, all I have to do is read a couple of them and it brings me great encouragement in whatever situation I find myself in.
Modern conveniences like email, text messages, and Facebook make it easier than ever to send a quick note of encouragement. Maybe it’s a handshake, a pat on the back, or a hug. It could even be something as simple as a wave you give someone as you pass them on the street. It might be just the thing to brighten your day.
I have found a way to try to encourage others through Facebook. Over the past year or so, I have been posting success quotes and Bible verses on my Facebook status on days I am at work in the office. It is a pretty simple undertaking that does not take me a great deal of time. I have been amazed by the number of people who have replied to me or seen me and said how encouraged they are by my posts on Facebook. I had no idea. Simple things such as this can be so encouraging to others. This is a small way that I can help encourage anyone who has an opportunity to view my Facebook page. I just love that I am able to do that and help others. I think that Facebook gets a bad wrap sometimes, but why don’t we use the power to reach people in the masses to spread encouragement instead of gossip. Letting our light shine to be able to encourage others is a pretty cool thing.
The Bible is filled with God’s words of encouragement for us. Open to virtually any page of the Psalms and you’ll likely find encouragement. Here are two of my favorite verses from the book of Psalms:
Psalm 119:114 (NIV)
114 You are my refuge and my shield;
I have put my hope in your word.
Psalm 61:4 (NIV)
4 I long to dwell in your tent forever
and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
Isn’t that awesome? Promises of protection, hope, and eternal security to lift our spirits. One of the benefits of receiving encouragement from God through the Scriptures is that as we are encouraged ourselves, we are often more inspired and equipped to encourage others with God’s truth. I know that has certainly been the case for me.
I want to challenge us all to pray for ways, big and small, to be of encouragement to others. It may seem like a little thing, but it often makes a huge difference in someone else’s life.