On the online thesaurus, there are over 50 synonyms for “encourage”. Words such as support, inspire, enliven, revitalize, and strengthen are just a few on the lengthy list. It seems a simple thing to, yet why is it often easier for us to discourage someone rather than encourage them?
Make no mistake, our words are powerful. But just how powerful?
There’s a quote that states “Words are powerful. Use them wisely.” They can either build someone up or tear them down.
Below are eight ways we can be encouragers:
Encourage each other in everyday life. Life isn’t easy, especially in our current culture. What we can do is come alongside others, be there for them, and allow them to depend on us.
Celebrate the victories of others with them.
Rally around each other during times of disappointment.
Listen. Really listen.
See the possibilities. Besides being a wife, mom, and author, I’m also a fitness instructor. In addition to other classes, I teach a small-group fitness class for beginners. Much of what I do for this class is one-on-one. Many, if not most of my participants, are struggling with health and/or weight issues, are exercising for the first time, or are returning after a long stint away from the gym. The best thing I can do for them is to be an encourager. Their cheerleader. The one who reminds them that they can achieve their goals and that I am there to help them do so.
Be authentic and sincere.
Be honest and constructive when giving advice. And on that note, give advice only when asked for. Not many people like unsolicited advice.
Find the best in others.
I love what the Bible says in Ephesians 4:29.
May we prayerfully consider how our words affect others, and with God’s help, be encouragers rather than discouragers.
Before you go, check out these other posts:
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