Instruction does much, but encouragement does everything.
Johann von Gothe
A simple word of encouragement can foster within us a sense of trust and a desire for unity, because to encourage, one person must come alongside another.
Encouragement reminds us of how incredibly valuable and valued we are. We may have exceptional qualities or gifts that other people can see more clearly than we can.
Too many people these days walk around thinking they're nobodies with nothing to offer and no beauty, either inside or out. In this world full of pain and poor self-esteem, a simple kind word can be like a spring of fresh water in the desert. Even if you’re in a very difficult place in your life, words of encouragement can fill you with hope that you’ll see a brighter day soon.
Don’t underestimate the power of encouragement! Try to become an encourager yourself. It may take a while to develop this gift. But you can start out by choosing to say at least one encouraging thing each day, especially to your spouse, a family member, or a close friend. Isn’t that what most of us want? Somebody who will believe in us, hear us when we’re hurting, and cheer us on when we’re running the race.
Most people will feel honored and maybe even surprised that someone noticed something exceptional about them! But sometimes your words can go much further than you expect!