The Power of Encouragement
I recently traveled to my daughter’s university to get her settled in for this school year. That particular weekend, I was coming off some pressuring situations at work. Although the weekend was about my daughter, she actually took the time to encourage me in my role as her dad and as a Christian leader.
As she spoke reassuring words to me, she reminded me of how important encouragement is for us, as believers and business people. I came across this article and found a few helpful points.
First, encouragement is scriptural. John 16:33 recalls a powerful statement Jesus made to His followers.
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Jesus acknowledged that we would go through hard times, but He quickly pointed out the good: He has overcome the world. Jesus is greater than any struggle we’ll face.
Additionally, encouragement reminds us of the bigger picture. We may feel consumed by our challenges, but uplifting words remind us of our long-term purpose.
We all need encouragement. It gives us hope for better days ahead. If you need encouragement today, here are a few places to look:
First, we must remember God as the source of all our encouragement.
As we spend time with Him and in His word, He reminds us of our eternal purpose. He gives us His wisdom and peace to face the day. He lavishes His love on us as His dearly loved children. I’m always encouraged when I remember He loves me because I’m His son, not because of any accomplishments.
Secondly, we have to surround ourselves with people who know us and love us.
My wife Tracy, our executive team, pastor, and close friends encourage me when I feel weak. They remind me of my direction. Now, they’ll also tell me the truth and correct me when I need it. But, it’s just as vital for them to lend me courage when I don’t feel bold or clear-minded.
Finally, we can gain courage as we encourage others.
Scripture tells us always to be prepared to give a word for the hope within us (1 Peter 3:15). When we offer hope and encouragement to those around us, it benefits them, but it also helps us. When we speak out loud to others about God’s goodness, we’ll also remind ourselves. God will bless us as we bless those around us.
Do you need encouragement today? Allow God to speak to you and go to a trusted friend who can offer you some reassurance. Encourage others and see how it also helps you gain some perspective. Do for others as you want to be done for you. If you let Him, God will use your words to lift yourself and encourage others.