Ever been discouraged? Probably, you’re all too familiar with the feeling. Consider the meaning of the word discouraged. It means to be “made less hopeful or enthusiastic” or to “lack resolution.” In other words, you’ve somehow lost the ability to feel like you can move forward.
Sometimes, discouragement hits in one particular area. And sometimes, you lack courage for life in general. Regardless, discouragement makes us less effective as women, moms, wives, friends, daughters and Christians.
And unfortunately, discouragement so often leads to negative thinking that leads to actions that do not glorify God. This can be depression or a sour disposition or it can lead to old patterns of sinful behavior.
Life has a way of dragging us down, and our overwhelmed and too-busy culture certainly makes life seem even more discouraging. So what is a girl to do?
Fortunately, the Bible tells us exactly how to counteract the deceitfulness that discouragement often leads to. Hebrews 3:13 says to “encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
That’s right! The way to counteract discouragement is to encourage OTHERS. And we are told to do this daily. Have you encouraged someone today?
Here are 10 ways to encourage another person:
- Say “good job.”
- Take someone coffee.
- We’re women… compliment someone’s hair, shoes, purse, etc.
- Send a card.
- Send a “thinking of you” text.
- Take some time to just talk to someone.
- Pray with someone.
- Exercise with a friend.
- Tell someone “thank you” for encouraging you.
Here’s the secret about encouraging others: You’ll come away more encouraged too!
What other suggestions do you have for encouraging others?
For more reading on this topic, check out the article How to… Be Encouraging Just By Being You.
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