Just a few days ago it appeared there wasn’t much hope of rescuing the Wild Boar Soccer team and coach trapped in a cave with rising waters. But July 2 was a day of hope: the boys and coach had been found alive. Now the task was to get them out of the cave. Again, it didn’t seem there was much hope. This hasn’t been reported, but in my heart I think there must have been a lot of encouragement going on both inside and outside the cave. Someone was keeping the spirits up of these boys inside the cave, someone was keeping the hope of rescue alive outside the cave. The world came together and miraculously saved these 12 boys and their coach, and as of the last report everyone, including the rescue team is out of the cave. Encouragement: needed in times of despair, needed after the loss of a rescue worker, needed as these boys and coach recover from their horrific experience.
Most of us will never need encouragement in moments like we have seen unfold since June 23rd, but all of us need encouragement at some point in our lives. How can we be an encourager every day?
- Be a Deborah: Often times, people need confirmation that the path they are on is indeed God’s path.
6 She sent and summoned Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh-naphtali and said to him, “Has not the Lord, the God of Israel, commanded you, ‘Go, gather your men at Mount Tabor, taking 10,000 from the people of Naphtali and the people of Zebulun.
- Be a Barnabas: Speak on behalf of someone who needs it.
26 And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus.
- Be a Moses: Come along side and help or teach where you can.
28 But charge Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he shall go over at the head of this people, and he shall put them in possession of the land that you shall see.
Here are 10 more ways we can encourage each other.
- Send a text letting a friend know you think they are doing a great job on a project, at being a mom, etc.
- Put an encouraging note in a brief case, lunch bag, on the steering wheel, on a co-worker’s desk.
- Call and invite someone to lunch that you haven’t connected with in a while.
- Pay a neighbor’s or friend’s looming bill such as a medical bill, or electric bill.
- Bake some cookies and write a short note of encouragement. Put the cookies on a tray or in a container that doesn’t need to be returned. Don’t forget the recipe.
- Tell someone specifically how they inspire you. I have to give a plug to my son’s girlfriend K. She is working a project (100 Days of Sole) for her Master’s Degree that I have always wanted to do. She inspired me to tackle a couple of projects I have been fearful in starting.
- Sit with a friend who just needs someone to listen or a hand to hold.
- Pass on a book that has inspired you in some way.
- Share with someone what you have been specifically praying for them.
- Smile and say hello to everyone you see.
- (Bonus) Let the mom with the sobbing child in front of you at the grocery know she is doing a great job, and we all have moments like these.
Until Next Time