Encouraged to Encourage

Encouraged to Encourage

The last three years at Northside I have had the privilege of interacting with young people from all walks of life. One of the greatest joys of my role is the opportunity to encourage and inspire them to pursue their dreams and goals. I believe that each of us have God given talents, and part of my job is to help young people discover those talents so they can glorify God and be workers in his kingdom.

Encouragement is essential to the growth and development of every individual. It’s the fuel that keeps us going when we feel like giving up. Encouragement helps us to be grateful for what we have been given and makes us ready to face earthly struggles. It’s a powerful tool that we can use to build each other up and to make a positive impact in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

The Bible has many verses that speak to the importance of encouragement. In Hebrews 10:24-25, we’re told to “consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.” This highlights the importance of community and reminds us that we’re not meant to journey alone. We need others to help us along the way.

When I hear a prayer pal, or a small group leader encouraging one of our teens, it makes me hopeful for the future of the church. Many times we aren’t encouragers by default, we have to work on it, and find opportunities to be the church in this way.  If we all intentionally made  encouragement a priority in our lives what would Northside look like? What would happen if we were all looking for opportunities to build up others and gently push them toward the will of God? Whether it’s a kind word, a thoughtful gesture, or a simple act of kindness, we all have the power to make a difference in someone’s life through encouragement.

Reach out to someone who needs a word of encouragement. Let them know you see what God is doing in their lives and that you’re there to support them. Use your gifts and talents to inspire and uplift others and watch as their lives are transformed in a way that furthers God’s work and kingdom.

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.”       Romans 15:5