I heard a great story last night that is worth sharing.
A dear lady in my church shared with me that her family recently gave her one of the greatest birthday blessings. They took the entire group out of town for the weekend and let her do nothing but, as she put it, “hold babies.” She had the best time just being with her family.
The last night of the trip came and they went out for a nice meal. Due to the size of the group, they had reserved a private dining area which allowed them to take their time and enjoy the meal without being rushed. As everyone finished eating dessert, she noticed everyone moving their chairs into the shape of a circle…around her. What happen next just broke her heart…with joy.
One by one, each family stood up and began to share with the group how this precious lady how she had blessed them and how her influence had shaped their lives. It was her “best birthday ever!”
A friend of mine taught me the adage: “We should give roses while people are living.” That’s what this family did.
Far too often the only time we give people roses is when they are laying in a casket, gone from our presence, gone from our reach, silent to our voices. We need to make the effort to be a voice of encouragement to those around us. It needs to be our “brand.” That for which we are known. I would rather be known for building others up and not putting them down.
Why is encouragement so valuable? Let’s measure that by what life would be like without encouragement:
Without encouragement, life would soon feel pointless and burdensome. Without encouragement, we can be overwhelmed by the very real pains of our lives. Without encouragement, we feel unloved. Without encouragement, we begin to think that God is a liar or is unconcerned with our welfare. So, the Bible tells us to encourage one another, to remind each other of the truth that God loves us, that God equips us, that we are treasured, that our struggles are worth it.
Encouragement gives us the will to carry on.
Don’t take my word for it…even scripture tells us to leverage our lives to encourage others. Hover your mouse over these verses: Proverbs 16:24, Hebrews 3:13, and 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
Let me encourage you to find five people today and purposely “give them a rose” by telling them how they add value to you or something they do that makes your life better. You will bless them and it will begin to shape you into the encourager that many others need to have in their life.
You might even consider sharing this post with someone who is an encourager to you to let them know that their encouragement does not go unnoticed.