All of us need encouragement. This is a difficult world to live in. At some point in our lives, most of us will experience financial struggles.
Relationships are pushed to the limits at times and we wonder if we can save some of them or not. Doubt sets in when we look at our goals after we hit a stumbling block.
Think about how you have felt when someone said just the right thing at the right time and it lifted your spirits. This is something that we can do all day long and it does not cost us a thing. “Words of encouragement cost you nothing, but they have a great value to others.” Thomas Mayberry Go ahead and tweet that. Look for the opportunity throughout the day to encourage others.
I have had co-workers that have come to me in desperation because of circumstances beyond their control in their lives. I have found that the best encouragement that I can give them is to offer to pray for them. Sometimes they do not give you specifics about the circumstances. That is fine. God knows the circumstances. You just need to lift them up in prayer and God will take it from there.
Giving someone praise for the job well done at work is a form of encouragement. They will try harder in the future if they know that someone is noticing and they feel appreciated. We are too fast in offering counseling for the things that people do wrong, but too slow to point out the good things in people. Take the time over the next week to look for opportunities to point out the strengths of others. If someone is struggling, offer to help them in the area of their struggles. Sometimes people’s pride does not let them accept help. This is where you can pray that they get resolution to their struggles.
Let everything you say be good and helpful. Do you remember the phrase, “If you do not have anything good to say, do not say anything.”? It is a good practice to get into. Stop for a minute every time that you feel like saying something bad about someone. It will change your attitude and will help your relationship with that person going forward.