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.