Words Of Encouragement:
The Duke of Wellington, the British military leader who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo, was not an easy man to serve under. He was brilliant, demanding, and not one to shower his subordinates with compliments. Yet even Wellington realized that his methods left something to be desired. In his old age a young lady asked him what, if anything, he would do differently if he had his life to live over again. Wellington thought for a moment, and then replied. “I’d give more praise,” he said. When we think of legendary military leaders or coaches we don’t often think of words of encouragement being their chosen method of motivation. While that might work in the arena of military conquest or sports, I think encouragement should be given a higher priority as we walk together in our Christian faith.
Our brothers and sisters in Christ should be able to rely on us to be an encouragement to them. Look at our own lives and see how big of a blessing it is to have someone give us simple words of encouragement. Why is it so hard to return the favor to others and give them words of encouragement? Ask yourself how encouraging am I to others? Ask yourself do I have a positive, hopeful, joyful demeanor or do I have a negative demeanor?
Look at Ephesians 4:29: “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”
When we constantly have a negative demeanor it can take a toll on others. Instead, follow the instructions of Paul and give words of encouragement to others. Don’t be afraid to tell them that you appreciate them or what they have done. A simple change from a negative demeanor to a positive one or kind words offered to encourage can be all the difference someone may need that day.