Encourage One Another (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 277)
Hebrews 10:25 (NLT)
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Social media is filled with words and photos about self-encouragement. Many talk shows and self-help books largely give advice about the self — how to manage, how to feel empowered, how to be uplifted every day of the week. Why are encouragement and empowerment a crucial part of our culture? Because everyone needs it.
The toughest, brightest, and most ambitious people needs a special word from someone close to them, a book, a movie, a song every now and then to infuse them with strength to keep going. As believers, there is sadly an epidemic of self-sufficiency and independence that stands to ruin not only our relationship with God and with others but even our relationship with ourselves.
When we accept Christ into our lives, we are given a new family. It is called the family of God. And within that family, we are responsible for praying for each other, bearing each other’s burdens, giving words of encouragement, and representing the faith with our actions. Words and actions have the power to build up and to tear down. It’s important to remember that gives us the power to encourage, inspire, uplift, and infuse courage and strength in the people around.
Encouragement is as essential to the human psyche as air, water, and food are to the human body. God knows you need a weekly, even daily infusion of hope, courage, and spiritual energy to keep going. That is why he gave each of us the local church through which we can be both givers and receivers of encouragement. Ask God to help you to live a life that others can be inspired by.
Pay attention to the words you say. Be attentive to your actions both internally and externally. Let God use you in his hand, in your family, on your job, at school, and at church. Wherever you go, be the type of person who generously infuses hope, courage, grace, and a renewed sense of purpose and perseverance in the lives of the people around you.
“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson