Encouragement: can take someone who’s depressed to feeling happy, can make a person’s day, and can bring someone whose failed hope. Encouragement is a beautiful thing. It can be as simple as a hello, or as complicated as a long discussion where you build them up. Human interaction is essential, and helps us live healthy lives. Sometimes the smallest thing you do can let someone know that you care, and that they have purpose in this world, that they’re not a mistake.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:5-11 it says “5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” I love the last two verses of this passage. Jesus Christ died for us so that we may be with Him no matter where we are, and since we are Children of God, we are to encourage one another and build each other up.
There is no mistaking this dare for the month. Paul gives it to us in verse 11! I dare you to encourage more than you normally do, but be genuine about it. I love being an encourager! There is just so much joy that can come from seeing a lifted spirit! Don’t just take my word for it! Go out and start encouraging! Will you take the dare? Will you believe?