The mind is a beautiful and dangerous thing. One second you can be on the top of the world, and the next falling into the depths. Chances are good that sometime in your life you’ll be needing some words of encouragement. It doesn’t matter who you are, life is hard, and sometimes you need a hand.
I started writing this blog and another called SnoFall Gear about 9 months ago (at the time of this writing). When I first began blogging, I had a strong feeling I’d succeed, and make it big. This would all happen in the first 3 months and it’s awesome.
However 9 months in, and I’m still working a construction job during the day and making grocery deliveries at night. I don’t know if I’ll be a success by the standards of the world, but I know what my writing has done for me.
Writing has helped me find an outlet. My father is dying of cancer, and I’m only now getting to know him. I cover this story in my book Hurricane Jerald if you’d like to learn more.
Sometimes you need to fail, in order to succeed, and whatever place you’re finding yourself in in life. Understand this:
- You are here on this planet for a purpose.
- People love you, even if you don’t feel it.
- There is something for you to do in this world and only you can accomplish it.
I’ve found the hard part is finding what you’re supposed to do, but if you know your strengths. Then you have a map, and the treasure is finding yourself, and who you were made to be.
Some Good Words Of Encouragement.
I’ve been thinking long and hard about what I should write here. Many people say stay positive, and avoid negativity. However, that’s like saying avoid gluten in a bakery.
It’s almost impossible.
You Were Created For A Purpose:
Before I Formed You In The Womb; I knew You…Jeremiah 1:5
God knew you before you were created. He made you with a purpose in mind. I know some of you might not believe in God when you’re reading this, and that’s okay.
Look into your heart and ask yourself. What is my purpose? If there is one thing I could do for the rest of my life and be fulfilled, What would that be?
If you can answer that question, accomplish it, go after, run for it because there’s not many who can.
You Are Loved.
When you’re in the depths of discouragement, it’s hard to believe you’re loved. Just last week I hit the bottom of the barrel. I yelled at God, was mad at my family, and even punched my car (it had broken down).
What did that accomplish?
Well, for one thing, I had to apologize to a lot of people, my car didn’t need an apology but my hand needed ice. The next day my family came through for me, and I was able to get everything fixed.
I couldn’t wait longer and get discouraged, even if someone had offered words of encouragement. I wouldn’t have listened.
During this time I’d forgotten about family and friends. In my mind, none of them cared. I would’ve said things I regret if they had called me. Then they came through for me and helped me out.
When you need a word of encouragement, stop and take a breath. God is there and so are family and friends. Remember, you might be blind to their presence.
How To Say Words Of Encouragement?
If a friend of mine needs some words of encouragement, I like to find something funny or stupid to say. It gets a good laugh, a snort, or a giggle, and that breaks down the walls people tend to put up.
Then I go in for the encouragement, and as I speak the truth into their life, I try and get them to speak about their discouragement. If you can find the source of pain, you can help them heal.
A lot of times we encourage people only to have them fall back into the discouragement they experienced before. However, if we can find the source of pain and bring healing. We might be able to stop it from coming back.
Usually, this isn’t instantaneous, and it’ll take quite a few sessions, but friends around you can help.
If you’re close to the person, you can make a huge impact on their heart.
How To Give Words Of Encouragement & Inspire Others?
Whenever I work on a large team I find myself being the encourager. In fact, according to the strengths finder, I rank high on encouragement. Because of this I naturally flow in positivity and keep things going.
When someone does a great job, make sure you acknowledge it. Don’t do it in private either, let the whole team know. I like to have a daily team meeting and I’ll pick someone who’s doing an epic job and tell everyone how great they’re doing.
Each day pick someone new, so everyone can feel acknowledged and encouraged.
Jesus Loves You The Way You Are
Now for you the reader. I know life is hard, and sometimes it outright sucks. However, there is a God in heaven that loves you dearly. He created you and he wants to know who you are. He won’t deliver you from the trials and issues you face in life, but he’ll walk through them with you.
All you have to do is ask him to help, say Jesus I need you, and then listen to his voice. Hearing The Voice of God can be difficult, but I wrote some steps to help you when trying to hear him.
If you don’t believe in Jesus, or you hate him. I why you might. I’ve hated God before as well, and he wasn’t my favorite person a couple of days ago either. However, regardless of your feelings, he loves you.
There is no better exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.John Holmes
If We’re Going To Bring Out The Best IN People We Need To Sow Seeds Of Encouragement.Anonymous
And My Personal Favorite
Difficult Roads Often Lead To Beautiful Destinations. Anonymous
You are your own worst critic, and you need to be your greatest cheerleader. Sometimes you won’t have friends and family around. It’ll be difficult to be encouraged, inspired, and focused then. During those times I turn to God, but sometimes that’s hard to do.
You have to make a choice, here and now, and continue until it’s a habit. Once it’s a habit, it’ll rub off on others around you, and they’ll encourage you too. This is a mental battle, but it’s one you can win.