What about practising "Reverse Encouragement"? Dishing out encouragement has more than the desired affect of (hopefully) encouraging the one needing it. It also encourages the "Encourager"! It is my heart's desire to encourage other women! And as I get older and experience more hills and valleys in life, that desire grows and I am convinced that it is of God. He placed it there because it is not my natural bent to be an encourager. My nature is to watch and observe! But that is not who God is changing me to be.
What I am finding as I see a need for encouragement and boldly encourage, not caring if the person I am trying to encourage thinks I'm a nut or not, is that I AM THE ONE WALKING AWAY ENCOURAGED! Did you hear that? I am being encouraged!!!
In God's economy, in doing things His way, there is never one loser and one winner. There are always TWO winners. Love someone, LOVE comes back to you! Accept someone, ACCEPTANCE comes back to you! Encourage someone, ENCOURAGEMENT comes back to you. God's way is AWESOME!
Matt 7 v 12: So then, whatever you desire that others would do to and for you, even so do also to and for them, for this is (sums up) the Law and the Prophets.
So my encouragement to you is to go forth and encourage..... it comes back in heaps, I promise!
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