Let Somebody Know

Jul 07 2014 Published by under Family, Life, Ministry

By Rev. Doug Clay

Clay_Douglas_Casual_100A nursing student in South Burlington, Vermont was cramming for an exam in a coffee shop. She left the table to get a refill on her coffee.

When she returned, she found an anonymous note of encouragement, along with a $10 Starbucks gift card. The note said, “I’m assuming that you’re probably nearing the end of nursing school. You should be proud of yourself. You’ve worked so hard to get here and I promise you, it’s worth it. I’ve been a nurse for twelve years and can’t imagine doing anything else.”

That note, which has been widely circulated online, has provided a great source of encouragement, not just for the Vermont nursing student, but for many who have read it and commented about it.

People crave encouragement. One of the byproducts of being a part of a spiritual family is encouragement.

The Bible talks a lot about encouragement.

I Thessalonians 5:11

. . . encourage one another and build each other up.”

I Thessalonians 5:14

“. . . encourage the timid and be patient with everyone.”

Hebrews 3:13

. . . encourage one another daily.”

Encouragement is a big deal!

This idea of “inspiring others with renewed courage, a renewed spirit and renewed hope,” is something that all of us can do . . . and it works.

Encouragement works. Think about it:

1.) Encouragement helps to keep people from getting a hard heart.

Hebrews 3:13

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

2.) Encouragement builds confidence.

I Thessalonians 5:14

And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

3.) Encouragement keeps people from quitting.

Hebrews 10:25

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.

Take some time to write one note of encouragement to someone. It could be a day changer for them and for you!

 

Rev. Doug Clay serves as the General Treasurer for the Assemblies of God. He can be reached at dclay@ag.org.

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