How Would Encouragement Change Things?

By Jen Regan | Living Life Together

Dec 26

I hope you are having an amazing holiday season! The food is yummy and the gifts are full of surprises. When all the dust clears, It’s the most important people around us who we remember and who make the holidays truly JOYFUL!

It is mentioned in Christian circles this time of year, how great it is when we can celebrate Jesus’ birth not only this time of year, but all year long. I believe the same is true to celebrate the people we have in our lives and see them as amazing gifts every day of the year.

I know it’s easier said than done when we get into the routine of daily life, but what if we tried to be more intentional about it?

In the words of Mr. Fred Rogers “As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has - or ever will have - something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways to develop its expression.” 1

What would life look like if we saw it as our job to encourage each other? I try to do this everywhere I go, to bring a smile to complete strangers. I am challenging myself, and you, to consider upping our game with those we care for the most. Our spouse, significant other, children, close friends, close family, and special co-workers.

Who are those “Most Important” people in your life? What encouragement do they need? What is the best way for you to give that encouragement? What reminder can you give yourself to turn encouragement into a lifelong habit? I ask myself the same questions.

I believe our slice of the world will be positively impacted with every single act of encouragement we can give. We each can make a difference in our world, and starting with those most important to us is...right.

Living Life Together: I am a firm believer that we each reap what we sow. When we give encouragement, encouragement will find its way back to us. Living life together is a wonderful thing!

Here’s to making those we care about the most, feel the most valuable to us!

1  Fred Rogers, The World According To Mister Rogers, New York, 2003 by Family Communications, Inc. Reissued by Hachette Books May 2019, page 137.

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