Have you ever been encouraged?
I’m sure that throughout our lives we have all been encouraged whether that was when we were babies and encouraged to eat our food or take our first steps. Our first day at school, a job interview, performing in competitions or whether we were encouraged to go to church and grow in our faith.
Encouragement plays a big part in our lives!
Picture this… you are building a tower out of wooden blocks and it’s getting really tall, it starts to wobble and you get scared to carry on building it but your friends support you and say things like, “You can do it” “that’s brilliant keep going” and so you do. But what if your friends had said things like, “That’s rubbish, I could build it higher” “You can’t do it” well that would make you want to stop and you would never know how high you could have built it.
In Romans 15:1-13 we read about how ‘We should not please ourselves, we should please our brothers for their own good in order to build them up in faith.’ It also says ‘ May God, the source of patience and encouragement enable you to have the same point of view among yourselves by following the example of Christ Jesus, so that all of you together may praise with one voice the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.’
This passage talks about how we should encourage each other and help build each other’s faith up and encourage people to live in a way God would want us to. So many times people pass comment and don’t realise how it puts somebody down and changes their end decision.
There are so many ways in which we can encourage one another, by praying for people, taking the time to talk to someone and see if they need help or by sending a message of support. Sometimes the smallest gesture can be the biggest.
We need to encourage each other now more than ever. Encourage each other to do their part during this unsettling time. I’m sure we all know someone who needs to be given encouragement. It could be nurses and doctors and other keyworkers who go to work everyday even though they worry about putting their own families at risk or it could be a lonely neighbour or family member who needs to know that someone is out there thinking about them and encourage them to stay put for a little while longer till it’s safe.
So let’s all go and spread encouragement as Hebrews 10:24 says ‘Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good.’