“I received too much encouragement today, I just can’t take any more,” said no one ever.
Reference: He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece, (Acts 20:2 NIV)
Explore: I used to have a manager who was all business. He was focused and driven and passionate about moving the business forward.
While the business benefitted in the short term, there were ramifications in the long term. With his desire to move forward he stepped on people’s toes and pushed people aside to reach his goals.
Within a couple of months, staff were submitting their resignations and those who remained showed evidence of low morale. How could this happen? The business was succeeding and goals were being achieved! But at what cost?
In the end, some insightful people explained the problem… the staff were not receiving any encouragement or appreciation for the work they were doing. With the lack of affirmation it didn’t matter how many goals the business met, the staff were going to walk out the door (and let’s face it, it’s hard to reach goals when there’s nobody to kick them!)
Application: I don’t think you would need to waste too much time trying to explain to another person how important encouragement is. It builds people up no matter what position they may hold.
“I got too much encouragement today, I just can’t take any more,” said no one ever! We can always do with knowing that someone has seem how valuable we are.
Paul the Apostle was aware of this. He knew just as well as the next follower of Christ that building the church was a tough gig. And so, even though he was working hard himself, he spent a great deal of his time encouraging others in their faith and in their ministry.
I can guarantee that there is someone in your life right now who needs encouragement. Don’t let an opportunity go by to build up another person and help them to see their value in this world.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the people in this world who always look for ways to encourage others. May I see value in all of Your children and share my love for them, just as You have done. Amen.
Who can you encourage today?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.