Encouraged or Thanked?

Are you discouraging to others? Why tear down when most people already do that to themselves?
“Where seldom is heard a discouraging word…” what a great place to live!  A place of no discouragement.  Encouragement to inspire others can produce amazing results to their life.  We often don’t realize what a huge difference a small kind word or gesture can make to another person.
Some ways to encourage:
1. Be available to be a listener without judging.
2. When you think about someone, put it down on paper in a note, postcard or greeting card. Let them know that you are thinking of them and you’re praying for them.  A small treat or item tucked in with the card can cheer. but the card alone will be meaningful. You can write inside a specific scripture that fits the situation. Be sincere and specific when you offer words of praise if they’ve encouraged you.
3. You could also take them out for a snow cone, milkshake or a special meal. Giving of your time to be with them speaks volumes. Taking them away from a situation at home can bring a new perspective and inspiration also. Bring along a small token, a bookmark, flower, candy, to cheer them. Its the small things we do that can really mean more than we know.
4. Phone calls can be encouraging, for both of you. Many elderly are lonely, not getting many visitors, living the same day after day. A phone call or visit can cheer up a drab existence. It lets them know that they matter and are important. Touch is also a powerful encouragement. A hug, holding hands, or a pat can be just what is needed at the moment.
5. Say hello to a stranger, show a little interest in them instead of looking away and avoiding eye contact. You could comment on the weather, ask a question about a purchase showing out of their cart (a live product review), or compliment their clothes, children, etc.
6. Everyone appreciates being noticed so say thanks to those people that you take for granted in places you visit like the zoo, restaurants, museums, hospitals, stores, beauty shops, etc. There are lots of people in their daily grind who do the menial tasks that most people don’t even notice. Let them know if you liked the clean bathrooms, the excellent service, festive atmosphere, accuracy of the order, correct change, etc. It’ll mean so much to them.
7. And lastly, be committed to going to your church and Bible study. Being there encourages others that they are not alone, that others are there for them and go through similar struggles.

Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as we see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25                                       
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25                                                                                
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24                 
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25                        
Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today…” Hebrews 3:13        

Refrain from the negatives, focus on the positives so they will shine.