Being an Encouraging Person

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November 16, 2012

Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. —Jeremiah 1:9

A good church is one that does more than offer its members a place to worship. A good church supports its members in their lives outside the church as well, providing support groups and organized volunteer services that reach out to those in need.

I urge you to be aware of others in your congregation who are going through problems, especially difficult situations you’ve been through yourself. Reach out to them. By helping others, you will help yourself.

I have a friend who went through a painful divorce, and she said that she felt as though she had become invisible within her church. “A lot of people knew what was happening, but no one mentioned it. It would have meant so much to me if someone had touched my shoulder and said, ‘I know you’re probably going through a hard time. I’m thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. And if you need to talk, I’m here for you,’” she said. “Now I try to be that encouraging person, and it’s been a blessing to me to know that I’m helping someone who’s hurting.”

Communication is so important when we find ourselves swirling around in the blender of life. We have to find ways to keep talking to each other and to those who can help us.

Of course the most important communication of all is between us and the one who created communication! He has given us a marvelous gift that can help us survive life in the blender.

Whenever you’re struggling to communicate with those around you, turn to him. Talk to him. You’ll find he will give you the right words when you need them, just as he said he would do.

Excerpted from Daily Gifts of Grace. Copyright ©2012 by Thomas Nelson. Published by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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