Today is the kickoff to our Week of Encouragement. The world we’re living in is a place full of hate and discouragement. That being said, a little word or gesture of encouragement goes a long way. We all love to be encouraged, and we all need to be encouraged. There’s no better way to start a move of encouragement when you need encouragement than by becoming an encourager yourself.
What does it mean to encourage? By definition, encourage is a verb, meaning to inspire with courage, spirit, confidence or hope. A verb implies action, therefore, you cannot be an encourager without DOING. I hope all of our readers will become involved and active with us as we celebrate this week.
Chances are, you already have someone in mind that you feel could use an extra dose of encouragement. Maybe even more than one someone. You now know what it means to encourage and since you have that down, let me add some simple tips on how you can be an encourager this week (and in the future):
- Snail mail! Who doesn’t love to find something in the mail box besides bills? Whether it’s a handwritten note or a store-bought card, good old-fashioned snail mail makes for perfect encouragement.
- Telephone, cell phone, pay phone, smart phone, dumb phone…everyone has them. I’m the type of person that does not like to talk on the phone. You may be able to chat for hours, or you may be like me. Either way, it works. A short conversation to let someone know that you’re praying for her today/hoping she has a great day/etc. is as easy as 1-2-3. Or whatever the phone number is.
- Technology- yep. Technology at our fingertips can sometimes be a big help. You can grab your phone again and send a text or post on someone’s Facebook wall. “Just wanted you to know that you’re on my mind and in my prayers.” A statement like that can change the entire outlook on someone’s day.
- Random Acts of Kindness- Trying to pen down a list for something like this is difficult because it can be a very broad list. Random acts of kindness can range from baking someone a cake, to helping an elderly person load groceries into their car. You can volunteer, send cupcakes to your child’s class, offer to run errands for a friend to free up their day, do something special for your church leaders, etc. As I said, this is a broad category.
- Party time! Host your very own Encouragement Party like I did and put your own little spin on it.
- Family- Make it a family affair. Letting your kids help will encourage them and teaches them to encourage others at the same time. Help them mail a card to someone, write a note to their favorite teacher, call their Sunday school teacher, etc.
For more ideas, you can also check out a previous blog of mine entitled Uplift Someone.
Once you’ve read this blog, you won’t have any excuses when it comes to uplifting others. Use this How-To and have a fun-filled week encouraging the people in your life. Do you have any ideas to add to our list? Be sure and share them with us on the comment section below. I’d love to hear about how you became an encourager or how someone else encouraged you!