I Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” I wanted to take a moment to thank those who have taken the time to thank those who have taken the time to encourage me over the years, and encourage others that your encouragement can help people immensely. Encouragement for some is one of the greatest ways you can bless them.
I was cleaning out my backpack in preparation for a trip recently and pulled out a stack of sticky notes. They were a collection of notes from my wing that I received probably three years ago when I really needed it. All of my wingmates took the time to write an encouraging note and cover my desk with them. Those notes have meant the world, and for three years I’ve kept them in my backpack where I fondly look back at them from time to time.
One of the most memorable times when someone encouraged me was a text I received. In a world where I’ve sent and received thousands of texts, this is one of the texts I will always remember. It was one of the darkest points in my life where I felt things were being ripped from me, and I could see no light in the tunnel. Someone I was just getting to know sent me the following text, which brought me to tears, and did more to encourage me than anything else at that time. (Philippians 4:5-7)
Willie. Good to talk tonight.
Someone read this text at our group tonight and you came to my mind. I’m sure you know but it helps to hear afresh at such times. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus.
In His Grace
Thank you to the many times people have taken the time to encourage me over the years, it has meant the world.
God can use even a few sentences, a hug, or a simple act to encourage and show someone God’s love when they need it most. As Christians we have a lot to encourage each other about. God is faithful and never changes. In times of darkness we very often need to be reminded of these essential truths. Here is a great resource of verses to use when encouraging others.