Are you a Starbucks addict?
I’m not. I wish I was, actually. I love seeing people with their little Starbucks cup and their laptop ready to take on the world! (Besides the fact that they cost an arm and an leg). However, I got a coffee the other day and for some reason, it tasted WONDERFUL. I put the perfect amount of splenda and milk in it, so it didn’t turn completely white but I could taste the sweetness.
Anyway, I read my devotion and drank my Starbucks and I felt so energized! Originally, I woke up feeling a little drained but after having a little quiet time and discovering my new-found love for coffee, I felt ready to climb a mountain!
What do I call this? The perfect little pick-me-up.
Encouragement. We all need it. We all look for it. We all benefit from it. But the real question is: Do we all give it? You see, what we do not realize is that when we encourage others around us, we ourselves are encouraged. It’s called the power and contagiousness of positivity.
The scripture in Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” So does just one piece of iron become sharpened? NO! When one person takes the time and effort to encourage another, both are equally blessed! While we should not encourage others out of selfish conceit, it is important to understand that when we fill up another’s cup, some is poured into ours too! Think about it: Doesn’t it feel good when you make another person smile?…rhetorical question. YES!
Giving encouragement to someone takes time. It takes effort. Sometimes it requires patience. Other times it means removing your pride and the need to be competitive.
Whatever it means, be willing to do it. After all, think about all the times you have succeeded in your life. Did your mom encourage you after your first baseball game or gymnastics competition, telling you how wonderful of an athlete you were? ….So you kept going. Did your friend encourage you through a difficult time in your romantic relationship, reminding you that there were more fish in the sea?….So you moved on, picked up your head and kept pushing forward. Did your teacher include a smiley face sticker beside the A+ and “AWESOME JOB” on your math test?….So you were reminded of your intelligence and ability to do well and you kept studying!
So, take a little time for someone else.
Write a thank you note. Tell them how much they mean to you.
Write a kind message on their facebook wall. Remind them to have a good day because, well, they rock! And they need to know it!
Review their english paper and encourage them to keep up the good work. Not everyone can be a Shakespeare like them. Remind them of their gift!
Attend their swim meet and yell as loud as fricken possible so they can’t miss seeing you in the stands.
Give someone a hug who looks like they are having a bad day. We have ALL been there. (and please use two arms and don’t do an awkward side-hug. Those are the worst!!!!!!!)
And sometimes encouragement just means being there. Your presence alone can make all the difference to someone who needs it.
Whatever being an encourager means in your life today, do it. Don’t forget or procrastinate. When your day comes around and you need some lifting up yourself, you definitely won’t want someone to forget. Or give you a side-hug. So do us all a favor and don’t do that to someone else! Make them feel significant, important, special, cared for, loved or even just…better. Sending a little pick-me up goes a long way!
Be someone’s little cup of coffee today and give them a little jump-start in their day. Recharge their battery. Believe it or not, your encouragement can trump that of a Starbucks coffee latte thai mocha cappucino espresso blah blah blah, all of the above.
“Encourage one another and build eachother up.” -1 Thessalonians 5:11
Be encouraged, my friend! It WILL be a great day, believe it!