Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13
Doesn’t it feel great when someone puts their hand on your shoulder, looks you in the eye, and tells you what a great job your doing? Whether you work in a mine, on a skyscraper, on heavy equipment, in an office, a factory, or classroom… appreciation and encouragement is powerful fuel.
Self-motivation can only carry us so far – it has an end point. Encouragement is what refuels our tank. We just can’t be our own motivator every minute of every day. And certainly we can’t build our faith alone. Jesus taught us the power of coming together. The proverbs remind us that iron sharpens iron. God designed us to live connected – not solo. Knowing all of this should give us reason to reach out and build up those around us.
Just as we find ourselves empty at times, in need of someone’s encouragement – others are struggling as well. This is why we build communities of faith. Men who melt into a small group often find more joy, contentment, and purpose. They stay fueled and find satisfaction in helping to coach others up who are empty.
Evil works 24/7 trying to sow doubt into our soul, begging us to question our worthiness to be called “God’s mighty warrior”. Encouragement from our brothers in Christ helps us to remain effective and confident in the work of faith.
Be the first to initiate a lifestyle of daily encouragement. Be the one who reaches out to your brother to say, “well done” and “I’m proud of you”. This encouragement will return in immeasurable ways, and you both will build a stronger faith.
THE RIGHT NEXT STEP
Find a way to encourage 3 people today.
PRAY: God, your love inspires me, motivates me, and compels me to love others. Show me how to make it personal and real to those around me. Give me the desire and the words to encourage my family, friends, and neighbors. Amen.