Encouragement. What exactly is encouragement? Let’s go get a reference….lets go to Google…
the action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope.
Somewhere built into the inner most part of my being God placed his carefully sculpted the gene of encouragement. As I was created and developed in my mother’s womb the encouragement gene grew. Slowly through the years a cranky little toddler became a happy go lucky little girl. That little girl fell into the protective arms of Jesus at the age of five, and not a moment too soon.
The years following and on through my teenage years entailed harsh realities of cruel words and insensitive people. But the encouragement gene was watered with the protective arms of Jesus which allowed this happy go lucky girl to carry on through life. Through many mistakes, hardships, self destructive patterns and blessed joyous events of life,somehow, Encouragement found its way.
As I look back on my 40+ years I am grateful for the happy go lucky. I could never have lived even half the painful days of my life without the blessing of it. A natural gift of grace from our Lord. I also look back at the Encouragment gene he placed within. Another natural gift of grace from our Lord. The ability to draw a smiley face on something and leave it behind for another to find – just to make them smile and creat a brighter day…..Happy go lucky. It’s the little things.
For years I wrote. I wrote in a journal. I wrote to family, friends, coworkers, Sunday school class newsletters, anything I could. I was never perfect. Probably even said some unwise things at some point. But my heart always wrote with good intention and encouraging motive to help.
Today I looked over a few things I wrote and it became quite comical to me because I was actually encouraging my 40+ self TODAY. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud! Talk about being an inspiration to yourself!
How are you an inspiration? Is it Encouragement? Helping hand? Prayer Warrior? Teacher? Coach? Listener? Look for ways to inspire someone, and don’t forget to look at the path you have already taken so that you can inspire yourself.