This week we looked at a topic that I think all of us could use more of! That is the topic of...
I don't need to regurgitate back to you what Craig had to share, because if that is what you wanted, you could read the book. As an activity to do in connection with this chapter, I took the 5x7 index cards and wrote each person's name in the group at the top. Then we passed the cards around. We were to write something encouraging to the person whose name was listed at the top, and by the end everyone would have a card with encouragements from each other.
The funny thing was, it was like Christmas morning. Everyone was eager to get their cards and then the gushing started as everyone ohh'ed and ahh'ed over the comments they had received. I was actually surprised at my own reaction to my card. It was amazing! In that exercise, I realized, we all need more of that. Instead of just using Facebook to take a million selfies and post your breakfast, take some time to write encouraging posts on your friends' walls.
Let's be honest, this world beats us down!!! If we aren't hearing personal criticisms, we are seeing the depressing news feed filled with a constant stream of political slams, criminal happenings and overall human cruelty. While the occasional animal video is fun and happy, its really not enough to overcome the constant crap that clutters up my feed! (Can I get an AMEN?!) I need more! So how can we be encouraged? Here are
3 Ways to Infuse Your Life With Encouragement:
1. Read the Bible - Spending time in God's word encourages me. I am reminded of a God who created me and loves me. The Psalms can be especially wonderful in this department, but it is not the only book. If you aren't used to reading the Bible, I suggest you download the YouVersion Bible App, its free! You can discover plans that fit you and each day there is a reading for you to follow. Its easy and it works!
2. Look in the Mirror - This isn't to do your make-up, shave your beard or fix your hair, but to see yourself and while you are taking a gander, say 3 things that you love about who you are. I don't just mean your best body parts either. What do you like about your character or personality? If you don't know yourself well enough to do so, then take a personality test and find out more about who you are.
3. Be An Encourager - There is this amazing boomerang effect to our words. What we put out there, comes back to us! And let's face it, life is not all about us, but others. When we put our focus on the gems of friends and family we have, we can begin to realize the beauty in our lives that we never knew was there. We also make an impact in other's lives, which is amazing!!! When we practice encouragement, we will be happier people and will probably hear encouragement back. I did the card exercise for my teens, but I was also greatly impacted.
Let me just close this by saying, I don't necessarily know you, but I'm sure if you are reading this, you are trying in life. There is something to be said for effort. You, no doubt, have many amazing qualities whether you see them or not.
Go out today and BE ENCOURAGED!!!!