THE POWER OF ENCOURAGEMENT: 10 Truths to Consider
I’ll never forget my experience on summer staff at Young Life’s Castaway Club when I was in college. The list is long of things I learned that have stayed with me for the last 25 years.
I remember a new-found friend and I making fun of the camp director every time he drilled the following Bible verses into our heads before each meal: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 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” (Hebrews 10:24-25). It felt so redundant it became comical for us. But, I’ll tell you what, because of his relentless dedication to the memorization of these two little verses 25 years ago, I’ve never forgotten them. And in my maturity, both spiritual and emotional, I’ve grown to appreciate these verses over and over again.
In these two simple little verses we see great significance: spurring on one another, meeting together, encouraging one another. Oh that we would consider such things as these!
Encouragement. What a powerful word! What a powerful tool! Here are 10 truths for you to consider as you seek to encourage people who are in your world.
- Says “I’m proud of you”
- Displays confidence in another
- Brings comfort and joy despite troubles
- Happens when change is evident
- Is displayed in devotion to a person, their mission, vision, etc.
- Refreshes the soul of another
- Tells the truth
- Brags on the goodness of others
- Welcomes, receives, and embraces
- Shows respect
Consider what leadership guru John Maxwell says, “Remember, man does not live on bread alone: sometimes he needs a little buttering up.”
Who do you need to spur on today? Who do you need to encourage today?
“Let us consider how we may spur one another on… “