What started as a simple idea has turned into my personal ministry…finding a way each day to encourage at least one person whom God has placed in my path. As wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, niece, relative, friend, neighbor, co-worker, client, customer, or acquaintance, there are moments EVERYDAY in my life that I can find a way to offer ENCOURAGEMENT to those around me.
There is a Proverb (11:25) which says, “He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” Try it, and see how true this is. No matter how badly things might be going in life, you can always look around and find people who are hurting more than you. By reaching out to others, the focus is no longer on your own troubles. View life through a lens looking outward, as opposed to looking inward. Your outward vista will be personal and unique because no one else walks the exact journey you are walking, making you uniquely qualified to touch those with whom you come in contact wherever you are.
I challenge (encourage) you to take one simple step toward someone in your path today. Give a smile to the cashier at the grocery store, pay the waitress a little extra tip, call a friend who has been on your mind, take time to listen to the elderly person in line with you at the grocery store, send a note to someone going through a rough patch in life to let them know their situation is not forgotten, send a card to a co-worker going through chemo, or email a divorced friend who is spending the weekend alone without her children. The list is endless, but you get the idea. Who knows what a better place this world could be if we each made this our personal mission each day. Try it and see.