I need it. You need it. My husband needs it. Your husband needs it. My children need it. Your family needs it. Pastors and church workers need it. Teachers and students need it. The person who sits next to you at work needs it. The store clerk who checks you out, and the waiter/waitress that serves you needs it. EVERYONE needs it...
It is absolutely free. We have it within our power to give it lavishly. It costs us absolutely nothing to give it away. We know it is needed by everyone. We know it is free to give away, so why don't we share it more often? Why is it missing from our lives?
"What is IT?" you ask. Encouragement. We could all use more of it. Think how good an encouraging word makes you feel. A genuine encouraging word can change a tough day into one of hope. It can lift up a discouraged spirit. It can help mend a wounded heart. Hebrews 3:13 states, "But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." James 4:17 states, "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."
So, we know that everyone around us needs it. We know that it is within our power and
totally free to give away. We know that the Bible commands us to do it. We know that if we
don't do it, it is a sin. So, let's pray that the Holy Spirit will open our eyes to those in our path that we can encourage each day. Let's stop worrying about what has us down, and look for ways to lift others up. I know from experience that we too will be blessed when we do. So, while we have breath, let's build up and edify those around us!
If you do, and are blessed as well by your experience, or if someone has encouraged you, please feel free to leave a comment, and encourage the rest of us with your story! I will go first by saying that I have received great encouragement from those of you who have decided to follow, read, and comment either here or on facebook that what I have written and shared here has touched or encouraged you in some way. It is good to know that God can use my crazy ramblings for some good. Much love to you all!