We All Need Encouragement

A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! (Proverbs 15:23) Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. (Proverbs 16:24)

I think we all know at least one person who could use an encouraging word today. Right? That being said, when was the last time we sought to encourage someone? Did we call that shut-in to brighten their day? Did we call that sick to friend to wish them well? Did we call that family member in need to remind them that they are in our prayers? Did we send the card or e-mail? Convicting, isn't it?

You see, life is hard and busy. We are so often preoccupied with just getting through each day that we often forget that someone may be struggling more than we are. When we help that person by encouraging them, not only are they blessed, but we are too, and we find our own way is not as difficult as it seemed before. There is great joy in lifting someone up, so I encourage you today to contact someone, whether it be by phone, mail, e-mail, or even text message. Get in touch with at least one person today and let them know that you're thinking about them and praying for them. (Of course, if you say you're praying for them, make sure you do!)

Try to make this part of your daily routine. Each day, pray for the Lord to put someone that needs encouragement on your heart. Then, reach out to them and remind them that someone cares. Sometimes, being reminded that they're not alone makes all the difference in the world!