Giving and receiving encouragement is important for everyone from childhood until our dying day. Encouraging others should be part of every Christian’s spiritual walk, from our early days as a believer until the day God calls us home.
I remember encouraging my children to walk. Every small step brought a smile and great delight. As they grew, I tried to inspire them in their studies, urging them to do their very best in everything. My expression of pleasure conveyed pride in their successes. Yet, even more important is our support in times of failure. When things don’t go as they plan or they don’t get the grade, job, or success they want, we must still cheered them on to try again. This is even more important in their faith walk. We need to do the same for others, especially our brothers and sisters in the Lord.
We all have successes and failures in our life. It’s part of our faith adventure. As believers in God/Jesus, we are called to uplift people and encourage them no matter what the outcome. Things don’t always turn out the way we would like. Personally, we purchased a business years ago and it failed after six years. It led to a crisis of faith. Yet, people closed ranks around me. Their encouragement helped me through the disappointment, discouragement, upset and loss.
There are too many negative voices in our world that hurt people. Christians need to balance the negative with positive encouragement. We should never be accused of tearing someone down. (Usually an off shoot of gossip and should be avoided.) Believers need to be known as people who lift and build people up.
1 Corinthians 14:12 (NKJV) 12 Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification (encouragement) of the church that you seek to excel.
I challenge you in your Christian walk to inspire, hearten, cheer, reassure, boost, raise the spirits, give confidence and support those around you. By assisting, helping, and fostering those we come in contact with, we share the love of Jesus in a practical and needed way. We are called to be a peculiar people…different than the world. What better way to do so than being the voice of hope and light in our dark and evil world. This is the reason for this blog. We hope your and others are encouraged to prepare your heart, mind, and home for difficult times ahead. We don’t know how much time we have before those times arrive, but we hope you will use the time we have to work toward your goals and help others along the way.
Personal note to our readers: Our son, James gave our blog a facelift. We will continue to publish our weekly posts and have added a forum. Part of encouraging others is sharing what works and what doesn’t. In the forum section, you will be able to post your recommendations, successes, and failures in your journey toward self-sufficiency and we will post ours.
In the process of expanding our site, we lost our subscriber list. We ask you go the our blog site, check it out, and subscribe to receive our weekly posts. We encourage you to share our blog with anyone you think might be interested. God bless you and yours.