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The Power of Encouragement

Thursday, September 03, 2020

I have a friend who once shared his goal with me. He proposed to encourage at least 5 people a day. Often, as an insurance sales and mutual fund broker, he easily found a way to fulfill his goal, but the second part of that goal was more awesome. He committed to improve the quality of that encouragement. Although my friend had started with promoting only five people a day, he often exceeded that goal to touch the lives of more than 100 per day.

Now, after forty years since I made his friendship, I am still affected by his simple but thoughtful goal and have made it my own. I am a pastor of a church that uses social media to promote Bible Studies and encouraging messages to others. Our circle of influence is international and often multi-lingual. Easily, we have encouraged people in more than twenty countries just over the last 5-6 years. A live broadcast that we produce provides a venue for at least 100-200 views weekly. The archived versions continue to receive views so that quantifying the result has become somewhat challenging.

Today, as I am considering our circle of encouragement with Spark People, I ponder the power of encouragement. Maybe we only share a few words at a time with others who are on similar life management journeys. Some may have found avenues of blogging or other means to communicate their encouragements to others. Some use the power of photography to motivate those on shared Spark teams or challenges.

Whatever the avenue, the power of encouragement cannot be overestimated. Who knows the import of a few thoughtful words directed to someone who is needing a little support. Could it be that action so small as an encouraging word or picture could stay with someone 40 years or longer? I can easily imagine that kind of result, mainly because, my friend chose to share his goal and make an impact on my life. Therefore, I encourage you to share your dreams, your goals, and your encouragement with those around you. You never know how many it will ultimately affect.
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  • 2BDYNAMIC
    I love this blog---the power of encouragement! emoticon
    182 days ago
  • CTUPTON
    Thank you for posting such inspiring information. I saw your photo on the disabilities team. I joined that team quite awhile ago but have not been active on it. I received sparkmail asking if I was still active. Actually I joined way too many teams! I stay on them mostly because if I write a blog, all my teams see the title of the blog. I love getting comments from so many spark friends. I have been on sparkpeople for over 10 years. I started an "evening eating " team a few years ago. Evening (and now night) eating is my biggest problem. Even so I have managed in 10 years to lose 40 lbs and seem to be keeping it off. Eating lots of vegetables seems to be what has helped me the most. The result is eating almost no sweets and baked goods. I retain lots of water in my legs. I saw a lymphodema specialist before. She wrapped my whole leg! I bought the wraps but honestly wrapping my whole leg(s) is very hard and I have not done it. I do wear compression stockings. Good luck to you. I commend you on your work. chris emoticon
    221 days ago
  • KRYS210
    A wonderful idea. You are certainly welcome to visit members' pages and offer an encouraging word when you have a chance.
    222 days ago
  • NJ_BEACHCOMBERS
    Encouraging others is so important...we never know what a small gesture will do for another
    223 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Wonderful!
    223 days ago
  • MONAMAC1
    Thank you for sharing your story. Encouragement is, in some circles, sadly lacking. Your blog made me aware that I can change that even if only a little.
    223 days ago
  • TAINAJ77
    A great goal to take on “ Encouragement”
    223 days ago
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