Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. – I Thess 5:11
Do you want to live and work in an environment that encourages you to be the best that you can be? I’m talking about the kind of place that builds you up and enables you to reach incredible heights of achievement in the plan that God has for you. This is the kind of place that picks you up when you are down and celebrates without jealousy when you are up.
I think that most of us want to find ourselves in this kind of atmosphere. A majority of the people you interact with today desire the same kind of encouragement. Sadly, many do not experience this. Instead, they battle through adverse and sometimes harmful circumstances just to make it through the day. While many factors can add to an adverse situation, the most substantial by far is the relationships within that context. Negative people doing negative things create an exceptionally negative place.
You have the power to make a difference. You may not be able to overturn your environment in a day, but you can be the one who brightens the day of someone who desperately needs encouragement. Impact the lives of the people who cross your path. Choose to be a difference maker. Choose to be an encourager. Here are a couple steps to get started:
Eliminate negative talk
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. – Eph 4:29
Your words can build up or tear down. How will you choose to use them? Practice handing out compliments and being pleasant in word and tone. Filter out jealousy, gossip, and backbiting and focus on build up those around you.
Engage with a Positive Attitude
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. – I Cor 10:31
Seek to look for the good first. God is always at work, so even in the midst of troubling times, we can have faith that something good in on the horizon. Keep the focus on God’s plan for your life and don’t let external circumstances control your emotions. Once your attitude is secure in God’s love for you, then reach out and engage others.
Encourage in the area of Strength
For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, – Rom 12:4
We all have strengths and weaknesses. We all need each other. It is easy to criticize someone for the areas in which they are weak. Instead, become intentional about pointing to the strengths they possess. Show gratitude for what they contribute. Encourage others when they use their strengths appropriately and show your trust in them to continue to use those strengths.