I read a blog recently that stuck in my mind:
“I like to think of EN-courage-ing as putting courage IN to someone. There’s so much we’re afraid of these days. We’re afraid of what people think of us, or whether we can measure up, or what’s going to happen in the future. But in Jesus, we find security knowing that we are loved, forgiven, accepted and valued.” – Nick Vujicic (Life Without Limbs)
What a great illustration of the power of encouragement. In our moments of weakness, our seasons of heartache & trial and our daily struggles, encouragement acts as a catalyst of courage in our lives. I love this word picture because in times of discouragement, it’s easy to feel small and powerless. But encouragement comes along and has the ability to build us up. For some reason, I get mental pictures of European architecture with large pillars like the Roman Colosseum. Words are powerful! And with them we can tear down or build up.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thess 5:11)
“..Encourage one another daily.” (Heb 3:13)
Let’s go build some buildings – one word of encouragement (one building block) at a time. That the people in our spheres of influence might stand a little taller because of the words we choose. Who in your life might need some courage put in them today?