The Cost of Encouragement

Many place the value of a gift in its cost to the giver.  The New Testament in the Bible gives an account where the Messiah saw a widow give her last two coins at an offering.   Others were giving great sums out of their surplus but she gave all that she had. (Mark 12:38-44)  It’s not the quantity, but the heart that determines the sacrifice.

Mar 12:43) And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: :44)  For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. 

As we attempt to lead our families, we have a gift available to give that actually cost us very little.  Even though it is inexpensive, and we all have it in abundance, it can be a life altering gift for the one who receives.

That precious gift is Encouragement.   It often only takes a second of our time.  It doesn’t take a great deal of ability or planning.  This gift has prevented; suicides, failed marriages, failed exams, lost battles, failed self-image, lost souls.

Properly placed, Encouragement can propel an athlete above their perceived potential.  It can give confidence to a spirit teetering on the ledge of self-doubt.  It can help an unemployed husband and father continue to try.  It can soothe a young mother who is “great with child”  and feeling ugly and fat.

What a powerful tool!  

Heb 10:24) and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works;
:25) not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.

Can you imagine the effect on the world if everyone chose to encourage instead of berate?   If everyone conspired of ways to encourage another instead of plotting to beat them down by competition.

It can take the simplest form.

“I appreciate your attitude.”  “You did a great job on the customer invitations.  It’s the type of mail I would look forward to open and read.”

I was talking to a customer who had waited too long for her service to work.  She was patient but not happy.  After I took steps to solve her issue, I took a second to comment on her voice quality.  I don’t hear very well over the phone, and I noted that I had no issue understanding her.  I have never met this lady, but

Take a minute each day to encourage someone.  A simple phrase, card, note, email, text, or call can really make someones day.  Remember, tell the truth.. Pick someone who looks down, or has looked down.  Look for something good in them.  (Hebrews 10;24)

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