If you look on the calendar, you can see that Sept. 12, next Wednesday, is the National Day of Encouragement and I would like to take this opportunity to give you a few words of encouragement.
Even God has asked us to be devoted to one another in brotherly love. In Hebrews 3:13, it states But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.
Say something nice This is probably one of the easiest and hardest things to do. This is mainly because some people are easy to talk to and some are not so easy to approach. The thing of it is that those who are not deemed easily approachable, are generally the ones who need encouragement most of all. That being said, once you have said something encouraging to the person who you thought would not respond favorably, they are just as likely to say something nice back to you. Perhaps, all they needed was one person to show them kindness so that they could be kind in return.
Do something nice It may be fun to do big things for people that we like in order to make them feel better, but it is probably even more important to do little things for strangers who don't expect it. Random acts of kindness have taken many forms over the years, but the thing to remember is that acts of kindness don't have to cost a lot, or anything sometimes, and they don't have to take up a lot of our time. You can, for instance, reach something on the top shelf for someone who is "vertically challenged" or you can park farther away so that others with less mobility can park closer. Assisting someone with a task that they are performing without having been asked to do so is a wonderful way to make people feel valued.
Be someone nice The expression that we wear on our face has an affect on the people around us. If we are going around with a great big scowl on our face, chances are that we will be scowled at right back. However, if we smile as we go through our day, even the mundane tasks and the workload, people will respond with smiles of their own. The load automatically begins to get lighter and the day a little brighter and all because of a smile.
The time and effort that you take to encourage others will not go unnoticed or unappreciated. In fact, you will find that the more you encourage others, the more that you yourself will be encouraged.